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The Board, by local policy, shall adopt qualifications for principals. Education Code 11.202(c)

Principals are required to:

  1. Successfully complete the appropriate examinations required under 19 TAC 230.;
  2. Hold a master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education recognized by the Higher Education Coordinating Board;
  3. Hold a valid classroom teaching certificate, Principal, Mid-management Administrator, Administrator, or Superintendent certificate according to State Board of Educator Certification rules; certification endorsement in Visually Handicapped, certification as Orientation and Mobility specialist, or Board-approved equivalent;
  4. Have two years of creditable teaching experience as a classroom teacher, as defined by 19 TAC Chapter 153 and Education Code 5.001 (2); and
  5. Successfully complete a principal preparation program that meets the requirements of 19 Administrative Code 241.10 (Preparation Program Requirements), 19 Administrative Code 241.15 (Standards Required for the Principal Certificate), 19 Administrative Code Chapter 227 (Provisions for Educator Preparation Candidates), and 19 Administrative Code Chapter 228 (Requirements for Educator Preparation Programs).

19 TAC 241.20

In addition, Principals must possess:

  1. Three years of classroom teaching experience, plus demonstrated administrative ability.
  2. Knowledge of curriculum, instructional methods and resources.
  3. Ability to provide leadership and direction to improve teacher effectiveness and quality instruction.
  4. Ability to foster effective communication among instructional staff, parents, and other professional staff.


The Principal is supervised by the Superintendent.


The Principal supervises teachers and aides, Assistant Principal(s), Residential Supervisor(s), clerical staff, and instructional support personnel assigned.


The role of the Principal is to coordinate and direct the efforts of School and residential staff in the achievement of program objectives.  The Principal works to improve staff effectiveness, provide administrative support and ensure provision of appropriate instructional programs for students.


The principal shall be the instructional leader of the School and shall be provided with adequate training and personnel assistance to assume that role.  Education Code 11.202(a)

A Principal shall:

  1. Approve all teacher and staff appointments for the program. [See DK]
  2. Set specific education objectives for the program, through the planning process.
  3. Plan for the organization and assignment of campus resources for the instructional program, including personnel, facilities, materials, and schedules.
  4. Regularly consult with the schoolwide committee in the planning, operation, supervision, and evaluation of the educational program. [See BQ series]
  5. Each year, with the assistance of the Schoolwide Committee, develop, review, and revise the campus improvement plan. [See BQ series]
  6. Keep Superintendent fully informed with respect to conditions and needs of the School.
  7. Communicate with faculty, students, and parents to disseminate School information, coordinate team efforts for instruction, and promote positive staff and community relations.
  8. Observe classroom performance of teachers, evaluate the effectiveness of staff performance, and plan staff development activities for improvement in accordance with district and state requirements, and in cooperation with staff development personnel.
  9. Maintain adequate and accurate documentation upon which recommendations for contract decisions are based.
  10. Supervise and evaluate the performance of Assistant Principal(s), Residential Director(s), teacher aides, instructional support staff, and clerical staff (or may provide for supervision and evaluation of some staff by an assistant principal).
  11. Recommend to the Superintendent the termination, suspension, or nonrenewal of an employee assigned to the program.
  12. Keep informed of, and complies with, all public education regulations and policies of the School, state, and campus concerning curriculum, student management, and personnel.
  13. Provide for proper supervision and discipline of students in all curricular and extracurricular activities.
  14. Plan for budgetary needs and manage budgets in assigned areas.
  15. Provide reports and information requested to the Board and Superintendent.
  16. Assume administrative responsibility and instructional leadership, under the supervision of the Superintendent, for the discipline and behavior management program.
  17. Provide for assessment, psychological services, and/or counseling and guidance services as appropriate.
  18. Provide attendance data to Superintendent, as required.


  1. (For high school principal only) Serve, or appoint someone to serve, as deputy voter registrar for Travis county where the School is located. Election Code 13.046

Education Code 11.202(b),.253(c), (h), 31.103(a) [See also DMA]

Principal’s Report to Superintendent

A Principal must notify the Superintendent not later than the seventh business day after the date:

  1. Of an educator’s termination of employment or resignation following an alleged incident of misconduct under Education Code 26.001(b); or
  2. The Principal knew about an educator’s criminal record under Education Code 21.006(b)(1).

Education Code 21.006(b-2); 19 TAC 249.14(e) [See Required Reports at DHB]

Sanctions and Administrative Penalty

SBEC determines whether to impose sanctions, including an administrative penalty, against a Principal who fails to provide notification to the Superintendent. Education Code 21.006 (f); 19 TAC 249.14(e),(h)

If the Principal is required to notify a Superintendent about an educator’s criminal record or alleged incident of misconduct and fails to provide the notice by the required date, SBEC may impose an administrative penalty of not less than $500 and not more than $10,000.  SBEC may not renew the certification of an educator against whom an administrative penalty is imposed until the penalty is paid. Education Code 21.006 (j)

Criminal Offense

A Principal required to notify the Superintendent about an educator’s criminal record or alleged incident of misconduct commits a state jail felony if the Principal fails to provide the notice by the required date with the intent to conceal an educator’s criminal record or alleged incident of misconduct. Education Code 21.006(b-2)

See Education Code 11.202(b), 11.253(c)(h), 31.103(a) [See also DMA]

Adopted:         1/11/80

Amended:       3/13/81, 7/12/85, 9/22/89, 1/25/91, 8/26/94, 1/26/96, 5/21/98, 5/25/00, 5/25/04, 1/25/19