What are the key roles and responsibilities of a school board?

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  •  Ensure creation of a vision and goals for the district and evaluate district success

  •  Adopt policies that guide district actions

  •  Hire a superintendent to serve as administrator of the district and evaluate the superintendent's success

  •  Approve an annual budget consistent with the district vision

  •  Communicate the district's vision and success to the community

The seven-member Howe ISD Board of Trustees is our district's policy-making body. While it is comprised of individuals, it acts officially only as a group. The HISD Board works with the Superintendent and staff to set the direction of the school district with the education and well-being of school children as its primary focus. The Board members are elected at-large by the citizens in HISD to three-year, staggered terms. They not only represent the public, but also translate the needs of students into policies, goals and strategies that reflect the standards and values of the community. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: hiring and evaluating the Superintendent; approving the district's budget; establishing goals and evaluating results; levying taxes and issuing bonds; ordering elections; and communicating with the community.