Updated 5/16/12
  1. How is the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) governed?
  2. Who makes up the Delegate Assembly?
  3. What is an Active Member of TASB?
  4. What is the composition of the TASB Board?
  5. What are the responsibilities of the TASB Board?
  6. Why do some TASB Regions have more than one representative?
  7. What data is used to calculate the student enrollment?
  8. How many Large District Members currently have representatives on the TASB Board?
  9. Does a TASB Board of Directors member have to be a member of a school board?
  10. How are vacancies on the Board filled throughout the year?
  11. How do districts know when to nominate an individual for a position for consideration by the Delegate Assembly?
  12. What is meant by "expiring term?"
  13. How does an Active Member nominate an individual to be considered by the Delegate Assembly?
  14. Can an Active Member nominate more than one individual for a position?
  15. Can an individual be a candidate for more than one position?
  16. Does TASB acknowledge receipt of an Active Member's nomination?
  17. In the Delegate Assembly election process, how does an Active Member endorse a nominated individual?
  18. What is the role of the TASB Nominations Committee in the Delegate Assembly election process?
  19. How are the members of the Nominations Committee chosen?
  20. Who pays the nominated individual's expenses incurred in attending the interview meeting with the Nominations Committee?
  21. How are the nominated individuals chosen for inclusion on the official Delegate Assembly ballot?
  22. What if a nominated individual is not the committee's choice and has not received endorsements from 25 percent of the Active Members in their TASB Region?
  23. When are the Active Members notified of the official slate of nominees?
  24. What happens if a nominee is unable to serve?
  25. Can nominated individuals get mailing labels to use for providing information regarding their candidacy to the Active Members in their TASB Region or to the named voting representatives of the Delegate Assembly?
  26. Are nominated individuals permitted to distribute campaign materials at the Delegate Assembly?
  27. Will the nominated individuals be allowed to speak or have someone speak on behalf of their candidacy at the Delegate Assembly?
  28. At the Delegate Assembly, do voting representatives cast their vote for all positions on the ballot, or just those in their TASB Region?
  29. How are votes cast, tallied, and reported?
  30. How is the Teller Committee selected?
  31. How are the winners determined?
  32. When will the run-off election be conducted?
  33. When do the terms of newly elected Directors and Officers begin?
  34. When does the TASB Board meet?
  35. Who pays Director expenses to attend meetings?
  36. Who do I contact for more information?

  1.    How is the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) governed?


    The general governing body of TASB is the Delegate Assembly, which meets each fall on the Saturday of the TASB/TASA Joint Annual Convention. One of the responsibilities of the voting representatives of the Assembly is to elect the TASB Board of Directors (TASB Board). 
     

  2.    Who makes up the Delegate Assembly?

    Annually, the Active Members designate a Delegate and Alternate from their local boards to represent their interests at the Delegate Assembly. Either the Delegate or the Alternate, whichever is present on the floor, is the Active Member's voting representative. Elected TASB Board members and Legislative Advisory Council Members of the TASB Legislative Committee are also voting representatives on the Assembly floor by virtue of their positions. 

  3.    What is an Active Member of TASB?

    Active Members are public school boards and the boards of the 20 Education Service Centers who have paid current annual dues.

  4.    What is the composition of the TASB Board?

    The 44-member TASB Board is composed of the President, the President-Elect, the Immediate Past President, and members from the 20 TASB Regions, which follow the Education Service Center boundaries. An Education Service Center representative is also a member of the Board serving as a voting ex officio member. 
     

  5.    What are the responsibilities of the TASB Board?

    The TASB Board supervises, controls, and directs the affairs of TASB, within the limits of and consistent with the bylaws, beliefs, resolutions, and Advocacy Agenda Priorities and Positions approved by the Delegate Assembly.
     

  6.    Why do some TASB Regions have more than one representative?

    Representation is determined by student enrollment:

    a.     Large District Members

    An Active Member will be entitled to a position on the TASB Board if, for two consecutive years, the Active Member has had at least 1.25 percent of the total state average daily attendance (ADA). If the Active Member's ADA falls below this percentage for two consecutive school years, the Active Member's entitlement to a position on the TASB Board will end with the expiration of the current representative's term.

    b.     Regional Members

    A TASB Region will be entitled to a position on the Board for each 4.25 percent or fraction thereof of the total state ADA contained within the TASB Region for two consecutive years and after the ADA of each Large District Member has been subtracted.
     

  7.    What data is used to calculate the student enrollment?

    Calculations are based on state ADA, as furnished by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), available as of April 1 preceding the Annual Convention. 
     

  8.    How many Large District Members currently have representatives on the TASB Board

    At present, 13 districts qualify as Large District Members. They are: Aldine ISD, Arlington ISD, Austin ISD, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, Dallas ISD, El Paso ISD, Fort Bend ISD, Fort Worth ISD, Garland ISD, Houston ISD, Katy ISD , North East ISD (San Antonio), Northside ISD (San Antonio).
     

  9.    Does a TASB Board of Directors member have to be a member of a school board

    Yes, each voting member of the TASB Board must be a member of a school board that is an Active Member of TASB. Except in the case of the President and the Immediate Past President, any member of the TASB Board who ceases to be a member of a school board will cease to be a member of the TASB Board. The President must be a member of a local board at the time of succession to the office.
     

  10.    How are vacancies on the Board filled throughout the year?

    The TASB Board can fill vacancies on the Board that occur during the year. The Superintendent and Board President of each Active Member within the Region where there is a vacancy will be notified that the vacancy exists and the process for nomination. The Nominations Committee will interview all candidates and make a recommendation to the Board. The TASB Board will elect an individual to fill the vacancy until the next Delegate Assembly.
     

  11.    How do districts know when to nominate an individual for a position for consideration by the Delegate Assembly?

    After the May local school board elections and prior to May 31, the Superintendent and Board President of each Active Member receive notification from the Chair of the TASB Nominations Committee that either a vacancy or expiring term exists for a position in the Active Member's TASB Region. This information will also be posted on the TASB Website.

  12.    What is meant by "expiring term?"
    TASB Board of Directors members are elected to three-year terms. The terms were initially staggered so that one-third of the Board is up for reelection each year. Prior to the May notification to districts, incumbent Directors are asked if their intent is to seek reelection to the TASB Board. Their intent is stated in the notification letter to districts.
     

  13.    How does an Active Member nominate an individual to be considered by the Delegate Assembly?

    Active Members have until July 1 to place the name of a local board member in nomination for a position. Local board action is required. In the May notification to Active Members, a nomination form (specific to the year’s election) is provided for this purpose. The form requires the nominated individual's name and address, the date of the board meeting at which the individual was nominated, and the signature of the board president. All forms will also be posted on the TASB Website.

    Four items must be received in the TASB Austin office no later than July 3: (1) the nomination form provided by TASB in a given year (stating nominated individual's name and address, date of board meeting at which the individual was nominated, and signed by the local board president), (2) the nominated individual's biographical information, (3) a signed letter from the nominated individual indicating a willingness to serve, if elected, and (4) the candidate questionnaire.
     

  14.    Can an Active Member nominate more than one individual for a position?

    No. 
     

  15.    Can an individual be a candidate for more than one position?

    No.
     

  16.    Does TASB acknowledge receipt of an Active Member's nomination?

    Yes, the nominated individuals receive a letter acknowledging their candidacy, along with information regarding a meeting (prior to the Annual Convention) with the TASB Nominations Committee, at which time all nominated individuals (unless an individual receives endorsements from a majority of the districts in the region – see question 17 below) are interviewed by the committee. A copy of this information is also sent to the nominated individual's superintendent.
     

  17.    In the Delegate Assembly election process, how does an Active Member endorse a nominated individual?

    Active Members have from July 3 until August 29 to endorse the candidacy of a nominated individual from another board in their TASB Region. Local board action is required. In the May notification to Active Members, the endorsement form for a given year is provided for this purpose. The form requires the nominated individual's name and address, the date of the board meeting at which the nominated individual was endorsed, and the signature of the board president.

    TASB Bylaws do not allow the Nominations Committee to accept any endorsement acted on prior to July 3, or those not on the form provided by the Association in a given year. Endorsement forms must be received in the TASB Austin office on or before August 29. All forms will also be posted on the TASB Website.

    If a majority of the Active Members in an Association Region endorses the same candidate, that candidate is elected to the Board and will take office at the completion of the final official session of the Annual Convention.

  18.    What is the role of the TASB Nominations Committee in the Delegate Assembly election process?

    The Nominations Committee will meet prior to the Annual Convention to interview nominated individuals in races that have not been decided by the Regions (see question 17 above) and will prepare a slate of nominees for the election ballot presented to the Delegate Assembly.
     

  19.    How are the members of the Nominations Committee chosen?

    The TASB Nominations Committee is elected from the members of the TASB Board by the TASB Board at the Annual Convention meeting of the Board each year, to take office immediately following the Annual Convention. In the election of the committee, the Board must consider representation by gender, ethnicity, school district size, geographic location, and wealth per student. The Immediate Past President serves as Chair. The TASB President serves as a voting ex officio member and the President-Elect serves as a nonvoting ex officio member. 
     

  20.    Who pays the nominated individual's expenses incurred in attending the interview meeting with the Nominations Committee?

    The nominated individual's local board.

  21.    How are the nominated individuals chosen for inclusion on the official Delegate Assembly ballot?

    The Nominations Committee selects one or more of the nominated individuals for each open position on the ballot. If a nominated individual has received endorsements from a majority of the Active Members in the TASB Region, one more than 50%, that individual is elected to the position and will take office after the final convention session in the year elected.

    If no individual has received a majority of the endorsements, the ballot will include the Committee's nominees and will also list any nominated individuals who have received endorsements from at least 25 percent, but less than a majority of the Active Members within their TASB Region.

  22.    What if a nominated individual is not the committee's choice and has not received endorsements from 25 percent of the Active Members in their TASB Region?
    A delegate nomination may be made by the candidate’s Delegate provided the following conditions are met: (a) The candidate’s nomination was submitted in compliance with Article VI, Section 2D(2) of the TASB Bylaws, and (b) the candidate’s intent and consent to run for the position by this alternate means is received in the Austin office of the Association five days prior to the annual Delegate Assembly.

  23.    When are the Active Members notified of the official slate of nominees?

    As soon as feasible after the August 29 deadline for Active Member endorsements and prior to Delegate Assembly, Active Members and named voting representatives will be notified of the Nominations Committee's slate of nominees along with the officer nominees selected by the TASB Board at the Summer Board Meeting. This information will also be posted on the TASB Website.

  24.    What happens if a nominee is unable to serve?

    The Nominations Committee, at the call of its Chair, will select an alternate nominee and notify Active Members and voting representatives of its amended report as soon as feasible, but no later than the opening of the annual Delegate Assembly.

  25.    Can nominated individuals get mailing labels to use for providing information regarding their candidacy to the Active Members in their TASB Region or to the named voting representatives of the Delegate Assembly?

    Yes, labels are available from TASB at no charge to members.

  26.    Are nominated individuals permitted to distribute campaign materials at the Delegate Assembly? 

    Yes, prior to the call to order and as long as their activity does not disrupt the Assembly.

  27.    Will the nominated individuals be allowed to speak or have someone speak on behalf of their candidacy at the Delegate Assembly?

    Yes, speeches are allowed in contested races only and are limited to one three-minute speech per nominated individual, in accordance with the standing rules of the Assembly. Nominated individuals will speak in alphabetical order for each position.

  28.    At the Delegate Assembly, do voting representatives cast their vote for all positions on the ballot, or just those in their TASB Region?

    All voting representatives of the Assembly cast a vote on all positions on the ballot.

  29.    How are votes cast, tallied, and reported?

    Voting in the election is done by electronic keypads.  The Teller Committee supervises the voting and certifies the accuracy of the counts. The Teller Committee Chair reports the results to the Assembly.

  30.    How is the Teller Committee selected?

    After the Nominations Committee's slate of nominees is chosen, the TASB President appoints board members from Active Members to serve on the Teller Committee. The TASB President considers representation by school size, geographic location, and wealth per student in the selection of this committee. No Active Member represented on the slate of nominees is allowed to have a board member participate as a member of the Teller Committee.

  31.    How are the winners determined?
    If there are two nominees for a position, the nominee receiving the larger number of votes shall be elected Director. If there are three or more nominees for a Director position and no nominee receives a majority vote of the voting representatives present and voting for the position, a run-off election will be conducted between the two nominees receiving the largest numbers of votes.
     

  32.    When will the run-off election be conducted?

    Immediately following the election results announcement.

  33.    When do the terms of newly elected Directors and Officers begin?

    The newly elected Directors and Officers (including those elected by receiving a majority of the endorsements in their region) begin serving their terms at the end of the final official session of the Annual Convention during which the Director or Officer was elected by the Delegate Assembly.

  34.    When does the TASB Board meet?

    The TASB Board meets four times a year (Annual TASB/TASA Convention, December, Spring and Summer).

  35.    Who pays Director expenses to attend meetings?

    Lodging and transportation expenses incurred by Directors attending the regular December, Spring, and Summer TASB Board meetings are reimbursed by TASB. Transportation expenses and up to three night's lodging expenses incurred by Directors attending the regular Annual Convention board meeting held in conjunction with the Annual Convention are reimbursed by TASB. Generally, expenses incurred while attending any other meetings of the TASB Board or Standing Committees, not held in conjunction with the three regular meetings, will be reimbursed by TASB, in accordance with TASB Board policy.

  36.    Who do I contact for more information?

    Contact Mary Ann Briley (800-580-8272, ext. 3594) at TASB or e-mail maryann.briley@tasb.org.