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GOVERNANCE

The Board of Trustees of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired shall organize and conduct itself in the same manner as an independent school district board of trustees to the extent that the organization and conduct do not conflict with the board’s responsibilities relating to the status of the School as a state agency.  TEC 30.022 (c)

The Board of Trustees charges itself to conduct itself in accord with ethical standards widely accepted by the school boards of Texas independent school districts.  These standards are set forth below.

EQUITY IN ATTITUDE

Board members will be fair, just, and impartial in their decisions and actions, will accord others respect, and encourage expressions of different opinions, listening with an open mind to others’ ideas.

TRUSTWORTHY IN STEWARDSHIP

Board members will be accountable to the public, and responsive to the priorities and concerns of the students, their families, and the staff.

Board members will work to ensure prudent and accountable use of the School’s resources.

Board members will make no personal promise or take private action that may compromise their performance of their responsibilities.

Board members will perform their governance function without engaging in micromanaging the routine operations and the instructional programs of the School.

HONOR IN CONDUCT

Board members will speak the truth, share views while working for consensus, and respect a majority decision as the decision of the Board.

Board members will base their decisions on fact whenever possible rather than supposition, opinion, or public favor.

Board members will refuse to surrender judgment to any individual or group at the expense of the School as a whole.

Board members will keep confidential any information that is privileged by law or that would harm the School if disclosed, including information obtained from student educational records, personnel records, or from executive sessions of the Board.

RESPECT LAWFUL REQUIREMENTS

Board members will consistently uphold all applicable laws, rules, policies, and procedures.

Board members will not lobby the Legislature in an attempt to influence the passage or defeat of legislative measures, but Board members may provide public information that might assist legislators in understanding the roles and needs of the School, and may respond to questions posed to the School by the Legislature.  Tx. Gov’t. Code 556.006

COMMITMENT TO SERVICE

Board members will focus their attention on fulfilling the board’s responsibilities of goal setting, policymaking, budgeting, and evaluation.

Board members will avoid personal involvement in roles and activities that the Board has delegated to the Superintendent.

Board members will diligently prepare for and attend Board meetings.

Board members will seek continuing education to enhance their abilities to fulfill their duties effectively.

STUDENT-CENTERED FOCUS

Board members will be continuously guided by what is best for all students served in the School’s programs.

Adopted:         11/20/2015
Amended:
Reviewed:

PROCUREMENT OF LEGAL SERVICES

Internal Counsel

The Board may procure the services of legal counsel who is employed as such as an employee of a state agency.

External Counsel

Contracting for external legal counsel is subject to the provisions stated below. The purchasing requirements of Education Code 44.031 do not apply to a contract for professional services rendered by an attorney. Education Code 44.031(f).

Approval by the Office of the Attorney General

The Office of the Attorney General serves as legal counsel to all boards and agencies of state government, issues legal opinions when requested by the Governor, heads of state agencies and other officials and agencies as provided by Texas statutes, sits as an ex-officio member of state committees and commissions, and defends challenges to state laws and suits against both state agencies and individual employees of the State.

The Attorney General is the constitutional attorney for the State of Texas and its agencies, including institutions of higher education. Texas Government Code §402.0212 authorizes the Attorney General to develop procedures for the use of outside counsel and determines the extent to which legal services can and should be provided by outside counsel. The Attorney General’s office must approve all requests to retain outside counsel and outside counsel contracts prior to legal services being performed, and has adopted administrative rules related to the retention and contracting of outside legal counsel. The rules can be found in Title 1, Chapter 57 of the Texas Administrative Code. Additionally, the Attorney General's office requires that law firms have malpractice insurance.

The Attorney General may decide to be the provider of legal counsel on behalf of the School for specific litigation.

Adopted:         10/3/14

Amended:      

Reviewed:

AFFIDAVIT DISCLOSING INTEREST IN PROPERTY

STATE OF TEXAS
COUNTY OF _____________________

I, ___________________________________ (name of affiant), (check one of the following) as an officer of the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, make this affidavit and hereby on oath state the following:

1.   I have a legal or equitable interest in property to be acquired with public funds, either by purchase or condemnation.  The property is fully described as

_________________________________________________________________________________.

2.   The nature, type, and amount of interest, including percentage of ownership, I have in the property is:

_________________________________________________________________________________.

3.   I acquired my interest in the property on ___________________________ (date).     

4.   The information in this affidavit is personally known by me to be correct and contains the information required by Section 553.002, Government Code.

 

Signed _____________________________ (date)

Signature of affiant ___________________________________________________

Office or public title __________________________________________________

STATE OF TEXAS
COUNTY OF ________________________________

 

 Sworn to and subscribed before me on this _______ day of __________________ (month), ___________ (year)

 

 

___________________________________, Notary Public, State of Texas  

 

NOTE:  This affidavit must be filed with the county clerk(s) of the county or counties in which the property is located and of the county in which the public servant resides within ten days before the date on which the property is to be acquired by purchase or condemnation.

Adopted: 1/28/05
Amended:\ 9/20/13
Reviewed:

PolicyTitleUpdate
Index   01/20/95, *July 1995, 9/29/95, 1/26/96, 5/24/96, 9/27/96, 11/15/96, 1/24/97, 3/21/97, 5/23/97, 9/26/97, 11/14/97, 1/23/98, 11/6/98, 1/26/99, 5/20/99, 11/19/99, 3/24/00, 2/9/01, 5/31/01, 1/24/02, 11/22/02, 1/31/03, 11/21/03, 1/30/04, 3/26/04, 11/19/04, 1/26/05 (SH) , 2/1/05, 4/1/05, 5/25/05, 11/18/05, 1/27/06, 3/24/06, 7/28/0/6, 9/26/06, 11/17/06, 1/26/07, 3/23/07, 5/23/07, 7/23/07, 9/28/07, 11/16/07, 1/25/08, 3/28/08, 6/4/08, 9/26/08, 11/21/08, 1/23/09, 4/3/09, 9/25/09, 11/20/09, 1/22/10, 4/9/10, 6/2/10, 11/19/10, 1/28/11, 5/31/11, 9/20/13, 1/31/14, 10/3/14, 11/21/14, 1/23/15, 11/20/2015, 9/30.16
BA SCHOOL BOARD LEGAL STATUS Reviewed 1/31/14
BAA BOARD LEGAL STATUS: POWERS AND DUTIES Amended: 1/31/14
BBA BOARD MEMBERS: APPOINTMENTS/QUALI-FICATIONS Amended: 9/29/17
BBA(E) BOARD MEMBERS: APPOINTMENTS Amended: 9/29/17
BBC BOARD MEMBERS: VACANCIES Amended:  1/31/14
BBD BOARD MEMBERS: TRAINING AND ORIENTATION Amended: 9/29/17
BBD-E BOARD MEMBERS: TRAINING AND ORIENTATION Reviewed: 9/20/13
BBE BOARD MEMBERS: BOARD MEMBER AUTHORITY Amended: 9/29/17
BBF BBF (TSBVI) – BOARD CODE OF ETHICS Adopted 11/20/2015
BBFA ETHICS: CONFLICT OF INTEREST Amended: 9/30/16
BBFA-E ETHICS: CONFLICT OF INTEREST DISCLOSURES Amended: 9/20/13
BBFB ETHICS:  PROHIBITED PRACTICES Adopted  9/20/13
BBG BOARD MEMBERS: COMPENSATION AND EXPENSES Amended:  1/31/14
BDAA School Board Internal Organization: Board Officers And Officials Amended: 1/31/14
BDAC BOARD OFFICERS AND OFFICIALS: DUTIES AND REQUIREMENTS OF VICE-PRESIDENT Reviewed 1/31/14
BDAD Board Officers and Officials: Duties and Requirements of Board Secretary and Recording Secretary Amended 1/31/14
BDB BOARD INTERNAL ORGANIZATION: COMMITTEES Amended 11/21/14
BDD BOARD INTERNAL ORGANIZATION: ATTORNEY Adopted 10/3/14
BDE CONTRACTS FOR SERVICES PROVIDED BY NON-TSBVI EMPLOYEES Amended 11/22/02
BDF BOARD INTERNAL ORGANIZATION:  CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMITTEES Amended:  9/22/06
BE BOARD MEETINGS Amended: 9/29/17
BE-E TSBVI GUIDELINES FOR VIDEOTAPING, TAPE RECORDING, OR OTHERWISE RECORDING BOARD MEETINGS Amended: 9/29/17
BEC BOARD MEETINGS: CLOSED MEETINGS Amended:  9/29/17
BED BOARD MEETINGS: PUBLIC PARTICIPATION Amended: 4/1/05
BF BOARD POLICIES Amended:  1/25/08
BI (TSBVI) ADMINISTRATIVE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES Reviewed: 1/30/04
BJ(TSBVI) SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT Amended 1/23/15
BJA (TSBVI) SUPERINTENDENT: QUALIFICATIONS AND DUTIES Amended 1/23/15
BJB SUPERINTENDENT: RECRUITMENT AND APPOINTMENT Amended 1/23/15
BJBA SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: SUPERINTENDENT'S RESIDENCE Amended 1/23/15
BJC SUPERINTENDENT: EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP Amended 1/23/15
BJCA SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: TRAVEL Amended 1/23/15
BJCB SUPERINTENDENT: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Reviewed: 11/21/03
BJCD SUPERINTENDENT: EVALUATION AND APPRAISAL Amended 1/28/00
BJCD-E SUPERINTENDENT: EVALUATION Adopted: 1/28/00
BJCE SUPERINTENDENT: DISMISSAL/NONRENEWAL Amended: 11/19/04
BJCG SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: RETIREMENT OR RESIGNATION Amended: 11/19/04
BKB ADMINISTRATIVE ORGANIZATION PLAN: LINE AND STAFF RELATIONS Amended 1/31/03
BP ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS Amended 3/24/00
BQ PLANNING AND DECISION-MAKING PROCESS Amended 11/19/04
BQA PLANNING AND DECISION-MAKING PROCESS: SCHOOLWIDE Amended 11/19/04
BR REPORTS Reviewed: 1/25/08

ANNUAL PERFORMANCE REPORT

The Governing Board of the School shall publish an annual report describing the educational performance of the School. The report shall include the School's performance objectives, progress toward these objectives, and the School's performance rating assigned by the Texas Education Agency. Supplemental information to be included in the report shall be determined by the School's Governing Board.

The Governing Board of the School will disseminate the annual performance report to parents of enrolled students, districts that have placed students at the School, and regional education service centers. Additionally, the Governing Board will notify parents of enrolled students, districts which have placed students at the School, and regional education service centers of an opportunity for public discussion of the annual performance report at a regularly scheduled board meeting. The School's planning and decision-making committee will hold at least one public meeting for the purpose of discussing the School's performance report.

By December 1, the School shall disseminate the annual performance report.

PRIMARY CONSIDERATION

The information reported shall be a primary consideration in school-wide and campus planning.

ACCREDITATION

By September 1 the commissioner shall assign the School a rating of "acceptable," or "needing on-site review."

Education Code 30.005, 19 TAC 97.1012

Adopted: 5/20/99
Reviewed: 3/21/03, 11/19/04, 1/25/08

PROCESS

The Board shall establish a procedure under which meetings are held regularly by the School-wide planning and decision-making committee that includes representative professional staff, parents of students enrolled in the School, business representatives, and community members. The Board or Superintendent shall periodically meet with the School-wide committee to review the School-wide committee's deliberations. Education Code 11.251(b)

ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE

The Board shall ensure that the School-wide planning and decision-making committee will be actively involved in establishing the administrative procedure that defines the respective roles and responsibilities pertaining to planning and decision-making. Education Code 11.251(d)

COMMITTEE

The Board shall adopt a procedure, consistent with Education Code 21.407(a) (see DGA), for the professional staff in the School to nominate and elect the professional staff representatives who shall serve on the School-wide committee. At least two-thirds of the elected professional staff representatives must be classroom teachers. The remaining staff representatives shall include school-wide level professional staff members.

The Principal shall solicit, as members of the School-wide Committee:

  1. parents
  2. 2. community members and business representatives in a manner that provides for appropriate representation of the States diversity.

Education Code 11.251(e)

(See BF for information on the committee's role in requesting waivers)

DEFINITIONS

For purposes of establishing the composition of committees:

  1. A person who stands in parental relation to a student is considered a parent.
  2. A parent who is an employee of the School is not considered a parent representative on the Committee.
  3. A parent is not considered a representative of community members on the Committee.
  4. Community members must reside in Texas and must be at least 18 years of age.

Education Code 11.251(c)

SCHOOL-WIDE IMPROVEMENT PLAN

The School shall have a School-wide improvement plan that is developed, evaluated, and revised annually, in accordance with School policy, by the Superintendent, with the assistance of the School-wide committee. The purpose of the School-wide improvement plan is to guide the School in the improvement of student performance for all student groups in order to attain state standards in respect to the indicators of quality of learning. Education Code 11.252(a) (See BQ for content of the School-wide Improvement Plan)

CONSULTATION

The superintendent shall regularly consult the School-wide Committee in the planning, operation, supervision, and evaluation of the School's educational program. Education Code 11.252(f)

PUBLIC MEETINGS

The School-wide committee established under Education Code 11.251 shall hold at least one public meeting per year. The required meeting shall be held after receipt of the annual School performance report from the Texas Education Agency for the purpose of discussing the performance of the School and the School performance objectives. The Schools Site-Based Decision Making Plan shall ensure that systematic communications measures are in place to periodically obtain broad-based community, parent, and staff input and to provide information to those persons regarding the recommendations of the School-wide Committee. This does not create a new cause of action or require collective bargaining. Education 11.252(e)

CHAIRPERSON

The Superintendent shall appoint the chairperson(s) of the Committee from among its members. The Superintendent shall meet with the Committee periodically.

Adopted: 5/30/91
Amended: 9/27/91, 9/25/92, /26/96, 11/14/97, 1/26/99, 1/24/02, 11/19/04
Reviewed:

REQUIRED PLANS

The Superintendent shall ensure that a school-wide improvement plan is developed, reviewed, and revised annually for the purpose of improving the performance of all students. The Board shall annually approve school-wide performance objectives and shall ensure that the school-wide plan:

  1. Supports the accomplishment of the identified objectives; and
  2. At a minimum, supports the state goals and objectives under Education Code Chapter 4.

Education Code 11.251(a)

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN

TSBVI shall have a School improvement plan that is developed, evaluated, and revised annually, in accordance with this policy, by the Superintendent, with the assistance of the School-wide Committee. The purpose of the School improvement plan is to guide the School staff in the improvement of student performance for all student groups in order to attain state standards in respect to the academic excellence indicators.

The School improvement plan must include provisions for:

  1. A comprehensive needs assessment addressing School student performance on the academic excellence indicators, and other appropriate measures of performance, that are disaggregated by all student groups served by the School, including categories of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sex, and populations served by special programs.
  2. Measurable School performance objectives for all appropriate academic excellence indicators for all student populations, including students in special education programs under Education Code Chapter 29, Subchapter A, and other appropriate objectives for special needs populations, other measures of student performance that may be identified through the comprehensive needs assessment, including the quality indicators developed in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) jointly developed by TSBVI and TEA. (19 TAC 97.1012)
  3. Strategies for improvement of student performance that include the following and any others developed in accordance with the MOU:
    1. Instructional methods for addressing the needs of student groups not achieving their full potential.
    2. Methods for addressing the needs of students for special programs, such as suicide prevention, conflict resolution, violence prevention, or dyslexia treatment programs.
    3. Dropout reduction.
    4. Integration of technology in instructional and administrative programs.
    5. Discipline management.
    6. Staff development for professional staff of the School.
    7. Career education to assist students in developing the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary for a broad range of career opportunities.
    8. Accelerated education.
  4. Strategies for providing to middle school, junior high school, and high school students, those students "teachers and counselors, and those students" parents information about:
    1. Higher education admissions and financial aid opportunities.
    2. The TEXAS grant program and the Teach for Texas grant program.
    3. The need for students to make informed curriculum choices to be prepared for success beyond high school.
    4. Sources of information on higher education admissions and financial aid.
  5. Resources needed to implement identified strategies.
  6. Staff responsible for ensuring the accomplishment of each strategy.
  7. Time lines for ongoing monitoring of the implementation of each improvement strategy.
  8. Formative evaluation criteria for determining periodically whether strategies are resulting in intended improvement of student performance.

The School's plan for the improvement of student performance is not filed with TEA, but the School must make the plan available to TEA on request.

Education Code 11.252(a), (b)

SINGLE-CAMPUS DISTRICT

In a district that has only one campus, the District- and campus-level committees may be one committee and the District and campus plans may be one plan.  Education Code 11.253(c), (d)

Pursuant to this authority, the Board directs the Superintendent to establish a single School-level committee.

EVALUATION

At least every two years, the Superintendent shall evaluate the effectiveness of the Schools decision-making and planning policies, procedures, and staff development activities related to School-level decision-making and planning to ensure that they are effectively structured to positively impact student performance.

Education Code 11.252(d)

PLANNING AND DECISION-MAKING PROCESS

The Superintendent shall establish a school-wide planning and decision-making process that will involve the professional staff of the School, parents of students enrolled in the School, business representatives, and community members in establishing and reviewing the Schools educational plans, goals, performance objectives, and major classroom instructional programs. Education Code 11.251(b)

ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE

The Superintendent shall develop a TSBVI site-based decision-making procedure to clearly define the respective roles and responsibilities of the Superintendent, central office staff, principals, teachers, Schoolwide Committee members in the areas of planning, budgeting, curriculum, staffing patterns, staff development, and school organization.   The Board shall ensure that the School-wide planning and decision-making committee will be actively involved in establishing the administrative procedure that defines the respective roles and responsibilities pertaining to planning and decision-making. Education Code 11.251(d)

REQUIREMENTS

The Superintendent shall ensure that all pertinent federal planning requirements are addressed through the school-wide planning process. Education Code 11.251(f).

The planning and decision-making requirements do not:

  1. Prohibit the Board from conducting meetings with teachers or groups of teachers other than the Schoolwide Committee meetings.
  2. Prohibit the Board from establishing policies providing avenues for input from others, including students or paraprofessional staff, in School-wide planning and decision-making.
  3. Limit or affect the power of the Board to govern the school.
  4. Create a new cause of action or require collective bargaining.

Education Code 11.251(g)

Adopted: 1/25/91
Amended: 1/26/96, 11/14/97, 1/26/99, 1/24/02, 11/19/04
Reviewed:

Adopted: 3/7/80
Amended: 1/29/93, 3/21/97, 3/24/00

SCHOOL MANAGEMENT

The Superintendent shall be the educational leader and chief executive officer of the School. Education Code 11.201(a)

The duties of the Superintendent include (in part) (see also BJA):

  1. Managing the day-to-day operations of the School as its administrative manager.
  2. Preparing recommendations for policies to be adopted by the Board, and overseeing the implementation of adopted policies.
  3. Developing, or causing to be developed, appropriate administrative regulations to implement policies established by the Board.

Education Code 11.201(d)

Adopted: 3/7/80
Amended: 1/29/93, 3/21/97, 3/24/00

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The Superintendent shall establish a clear understanding on the part of all personnel of the working relationships in the School.

ORGANIZATION CHARTS

The legal authority of the Board is to be transmitted through the Superintendent along specific lines of authority as shown by organization charts for the School. The Superintendent shall prepare these charts, subject to the approval of the Board, and the Board shall review the charts annually. The Superintendent shall have the freedom to recognize lines of authority and to revise organizational charts accordingly, subject to Board approval of major changes in organization.

LINES OF AUTHORITY

Personnel shall be expected to refer matters requiring administrative action to the administrator to whom they are responsible. That administrator shall refer such matters to the next higher administrative authority when necessary. Additionally, all personnel are expected to keep the person to whom they are immediately responsible informed of their activities by whatever means the person in charge deems appropriate.

It is expected that the established lines of authority will serve most purposes. But all personnel shall have the right to appeal any decision made by an administrative officer through grievance procedures established through Board policy. (See DGBA/DGBA-E)

Additionally, lines of authority do not restrict in any way the cooperative, sensible working together of all staff members at all levels in order to develop the best possible school programs and services. The established lines of authority represent direction of authority and responsibility; when the staff is working together, the lines represent avenues for a two-way flow of ideas to improve the program and operations of the School.

Adopted: 3/7/80
Amended: 1/29/93, 1/31/03
Reviewed: 9/27/96

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EMPLOYED BY CONTRACT

If employed by contract, the Superintendent may relinquish the position and leave the employment of the School at the end of a school year without penalty by filing a written resignation with the Board. The resignation must be addressed to the Board and filed not later than the 45th day before the first day of instruction of the following school year.

The Superintendent may resign, with the consent of the Board, at any other time mutually agreeable.

Education Code 21.212(e)

EMPLOYED AT WILL

If the Superintendent is employed at will, the Board requests written notice of his or her intention to leave the employment of TSBVI 30 days prior to the effective date of the resignation.

Adopted: 6/14/80
Amended: 1/25/91, 9/27/91, 3/26/93, 9/24/93, 3/25/94, 1/26/96, 5/31/01, 11/19/04
Reviewed: