Responsibilities of Leadership
Guiding the Austin Independent School District toward excellence is the goal of the nine-member AISD Board of Trustees. As the district's elected leaders, trustees represent community expectations as they chart the direction of educational programs and services and establish the standard by which success is measured.
Trustees employ the superintendent, approve the budget and monitor expenditures, set the tax rate, and may call for a bond or tax rate election. The board also establishes policies for operating the district and ensuring its financial viability.
AISD Board Meetings
The AISD Board of Trustees generally meets on the first and fourth Monday evenings of the month (except July) in the Board Auditorium at the new headquarters, 4000 S. IH 35 Frontage Road.
Here are the types of board meetings and when they are:
- Information Sessions are the first Monday of the month; and
- Regular Voting Meetings are the fourth Monday of the month.
NOTE: Check the district calendar for any changes to board meetings.
Information sessions and regular voting meetings are cablecast live on AISD.TV and are periodically re-cablecast. AISD board meetings are open to the public. Within the limits of the Texas Open Meetings Act, however, parts of board meetings, such as consideration of real estate transactions, personnel matters, student hearings and legal matters, may be closed to the public.
Public Comment Policy & Public Testimony at Regular Voting Meetings
While meetings of the AISD Board of Trustees are held virtually, there will be no general public comment. Public testimony will be offered via pre-recorded phone messages any time the board is scheduled to take action on an agenda item. Please visit the board meetings page for information on how to provide pubic testimony over the phone.
Members of the community are invited to address trustees during General Public Comment and Public Testimony at regular voting meetings. Speaking time is 1 minute.
Two types of public comment sections are scheduled to take place during each regular voting meeting. The section labeled “General Public Comment” will be at the beginning of the meeting and is designed for trustees to hear comments about items not listed on the agenda. The section labeled “Public Testimony” is listed for agenda-specific comments about the items scheduled for action or for discussion with possible action.
Sign up for General Public Comment by phone at 512-414-4411, or in person at the district’s central office at 4000 S. IH 35 Frontage Road* between 7:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the day of the meeting.
- You may speak on topics that are not listed on the meeting’s agenda during the General Public Comment agenda item at the beginning of the Regular Voting Meeting.
Though not required by law, the board will allow up to 10 people to speak on general items not up for consideration.
The first 10 people to sign up will be guaranteed to speak, and a waiting list of five people will be taken in case a speaker does not show.
To ensure equity of access, individuals may sign up to speak at the General Public Comment portion of a meeting once every three regular voting meetings. This applies to speakers who signed up but did not show up for their meeting; this does not apply to those who were on the waiting list and did not address the board.
Sign up for Public Testimony online, by phone, or in person between 7:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the day of the meeting.
- Online: Use the link posted on the agenda at Board Docs or directly through the public testimony form
- By phone: Call 512-414-4411
- In person assistance*: at the front desk at the new headquarters(4000 S. IH 35 Frontage Road).
Speakers will be asked to provide the following information: The subject to be addressed, speaker’s name, telephone number, and, if applicable, the group or organization the speaker represents.
Meeting agendas are posted at least 72 hours before the start of all public meetings, which usually falls at the end of business on Fridays because most board meetings are scheduled for Monday evenings.
The posted agenda will be available on Board Docs (go.boarddocs.com/tx/austinisd/Board.nsf/Public). Hard copies are posted at the entrance of the new AISD Headquarters building, 4000 S. IH 35 Frontage Road.
The board may schedule public hearings to gather input on a particular subject. Input is taken in the form of public testimony. Speaking time is 1 minute. If the subject of the public hearing is also the subject of an agenda item, a person may provide public testimony once.
Those who wish to speak during a Public Hearing can sign up by phone at 512-414-4411, or in person at the front desk at the new headquarters (4000 S. IH 35 Frontage Road).
The format of public hearings is set at the discretion of the board.
Members are elected to a four-year term of office. On a rotating basis, board seats are filled during biannual elections held on the first Tuesday in November. Vacancies are filled by appointment until the next election. Candidates must conform to the eligibility requirements of the Texas Election Code. The president, vice president and secretary are elected by the other members of the board. Trustees provide public service to the Austin community without financial compensation.
District policies are revised as needed to reflect changes in federal or state law, Texas education guidelines and local options. Policies posted online are generally current, however, delays of up to 30 days may occur before newly adopted policies appear.
The Austin ISD Board of Trustees adopts operating procedures to guide the organizational, logistical and role-specific activities related to the work of the board.