BAA (TSBVI) – Board Legal Status: Powers and Duties

The education codes that outline the appointment and eligibility of board members.


The Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired is governed by a nine-member board appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate.

Education Code 30.022(a)

Members of the Board serve for terms of six years, with the terms of three members expiring on January 31 of each odd-numbered year.

Education Code 30.022(b)


To be eligible for appointment to, the office of TSBVI board member, a person must:

  1. Be a United States citizen.
  2. Be a Texas resident.

Tex. Const. Art. XVI, Sec. 14, governor’s appointment application


Residence Defined

“Residence” means domicile, one’s home and fixed place of habitation to which one intends to return after any temporary absence; one does not lose one’s residence status by leaving to go to another place for temporary purposes only. A person does not acquire a residence in a place to which the person has come for temporary purposes only and without the intention of making that place the person’s home. Residence shall be determined in accordance with the common-law rules, as enunciated by the courts of this state. TX Constitution Art 16, Sec. 14


The Board shall be composed of:

  1. Three members who are blind, or visually impaired, at least one of whom has received educational services related to the blindness, or visual impairment;
  2. Three members who are working, or have worked, as professionals in the field of delivering services to persons who are blind, or visually impaired; and
  3. Three members, each of whom is the parent of a child who is blind, or visually impaired, and at least one of whom is the parent of a child, who, at the time of the parent’s appointment, is receiving education services related to the blindness, or visual impairment.

Education Code 30.022(a)


Newly appointed Trustees shall sign and file with the Secretary of State the required Oath or Affirmation set out in Board Policy BBA-E in accordance with Texas Constitution Article XVI, Section 1.  After the statement has been filed, and before entering upon the duties of the office, the Trustees shall take the oath or affirmation of office and shall file it with the Secretary of State.  Tex. Const. Art. XVI, Sec. 1

The oath may be administered and a certificate of the fact given by:

  1. A judge, retired judge, or clerk of a municipal court;
  2. A judge, retired judge, senior judge, clerk, or commissioner of a court of record;
  3. A justice of the peace, or a clerk of a justice court;
  4. An associate judge, magistrate, master, referee, or criminal law hearing officer;
  5. A notary public;
  6. A member of a board or commission created by a law of this state, in a matter pertaining to a duty of the board or commission;
  7. The Secretary or former Secretary of State of Texas;
  8. An employee of a personal bond office, or an employee of a county, who is employed to obtain information required to be obtained under oath if the oath is required or authorized by Article 17.04 (personal bond) or by Article 26.04(n) or (o), Code of Criminal Procedure;
  9. The Lieutenant Governor or former Lieutenant Governor of Texas;
  10. The Speaker or former Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives;
  11. The Governor or former Governor of Texas;
  12. A Texas legislator or retired legislator;
  13. The Attorney General for Texas or a former Attorney General;
  14. A county treasurer.

Gov’t Code 602.002, 602.006


A person is ineligible to serve as a member of the Board if the person has been convicted of an offense under Penal Code 43.02(b) (regarding prostitution). Education Code 11.066

Adopted:         11/9/79

Amended:       1/16/81, 3/9/90, 9/27/90, 3/22/91, 11/13/92, 11/15/96, 9/22/06, 9/29/17, 6/1/18

Reviewed:       1/24/02, 4/3/09, 11/20/09, 1/31/14