New School Board Member: What's Next?

New School Board Member: What's Next?

Congratulations! The campaign is over, and now it’s time to govern with your school board. This is the start of a journey as a public servant, and you may be asking if there’s an instruction manual.

There’s a lot to get up to speed on:

  • Open Meetings Act
  • Parliamentary procedure
  • Ethics law
  • District planning and budget process
  • Policy-making
  • Legislative advocacy
  • Community engagement and public relations
  • And so much more

TASB can help. We’re here as a resource for your transition to public service and throughout your time as a school board member.

Where to start?

A good place to start understanding your role as a member of the school board is the Texas Education Agency’s Framework for School Board Development. TASB also has a variety of resources for new school board members created specifically to help you hit the ground running:

As a new school board member, you have State Board of Education mandated continuing education requirements to meet. See the Current Training Requirements to learn more. New Board Member Launch Training sessions, held at most TASB events, are in-depth primers on school board service for new board members. The sessions cover the essentials you need to succeed in your first year.

Up to five of your continuing education hours can be online instruction. The TASB Online Learning Center (OLC) has a set of courses designed specifically for new board members:

  • Foundations of the State Accountability System
  • Foundations of Board Policy
  • Foundations of Public School Finance
  • Introduction to Parliamentary Procedures
  • Ethics for the School Trustee

Lean on TASB

The resources closest to home are your:

  • Board policy manual
  • Board president
  • District superintendent

When you have a question about board service that your board president or superintendent can’t answer, TASB can often help. Call 800.580.8272, extension 2452, or email Board Development Services at to let them know you’re a new school board member.