GPISD School Board Procedures


The Galena Park Independent School District Board of Trustees welcomes you. We hope you will find this meeting informative. Here, you will see your Board in action as it makes policy for public education in Galena Park ISD.

The Board sets the direction your schools will take in educating your children, deciding which subjects schools should offer and which extracurricular activities they will provide. The Superintendent of Schools is responsible for seeing that those policies are implemented.

Our community exercises final approval because it elects the Board, and each member must stand for election every three years.

You are urged to join us at our meetings, to become involved with your schools and to help ensure that we provide quality education for your children and for all learners. Open lines of communication make Galena Park ISD a leader in quality education. Together, our commitment to educational excellence will benefit the entire community.

Addressing the Board

If you have a concern, the best place to begin is with those directly involved and responsible, usually at the specific school -- with the teacher and/or principal. Most problems or concerns can be quickly resolved at the campus level.

However, if there are matters which should be brought to the Board of Trustees and the Superintendent, patrons may address the Board during the Public Participation portion of the Board Meeting.

Persons who wish to participate in this portion of the meeting shall present a completed Citizen Participation Request Form to the Board President or designee before the meeting begins and shall indicate the topic about which they wish to speak.

The public participation portion of the meeting is designed to offer all members of the public an opportunity to share insights, concerns and commendations with the Board. In order to maximize those opportunities, and to assure that no single individual or issue will dominate the public participation portion of the meeting:

  1. No presentation shall exceed three minutes. The Board Vice-President shall serve as timekeeper.
  2. Delegations of more than three persons shall appoint one person to present their views before the Board.
  3. The Board President or designee reserves the right to deny an individual's request to speak before the Board if the President or designee determines that an individual is requesting to speak to the Board on a topic that the individual has exhausted during previous Board meetings.

Individuals speaking during audience participation may not use the name of or address the character of any student or staff or Board member.

Please remember that we welcome and value your ideas, questions and suggestions. For more information, please contact the Human Resource and Communications Services department.

Order of Business


Call to Order: A quorum of four members is necessary to transact business.


Approval of Minutes: The official minute book is maintained for public inspection in the Superintendent's office.

Student/Staff Recognition: Student achievers and new personnel are recognized.

Academic Spotlight: Overviews of various district programs are presented.

Audience Items: Visitors are recognized and persons making a written request have the opportunity to speak.

Action Items: These items are presented as a motion by a Trustee or a recommendation from the Superintendent.

Discussion Items: These may become action items at a later meeting but are presented initially to give members an opportunity to study the issue prior to final vote.

Information Items: These are reports from the Superintendent, administrative staff or trustees may or may not require eventual action. Non-agenda items may not be voted on nor discussed.

Executive Session: State law allows Trustees to adjourn to closed session to discuss topics regarding personnel, legal counsel, and site acquisition or sale.

Roles of Trustees

As the official governing body for your schools, your School Board is responsible, under Texas law, to:

Establish policy. The administration implements policy and supervises school operations.

Employ and evaluate the school Superintendent. Your School Board is responsible for hiring, then evaluating, the chief administrator who oversees all operations of the Galena Park ISD.

Approve the appointment of teachers and staff members upon the Superintendent's recommendation.

Authorize development/revision of curriculum.

Secure money to operate the schools. This includes authorizing expenditures and building programs.

Work with the Superintendent in determining the district's educational standards and goals.

Interpret the needs of the community regarding educational programs.

Meeting Schedule

Monday, August 12, 2013
Monday, September 9, 2013
*Monday, October 7, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Monday, January 13, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
*Monday, March 3, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
Monday, May 12, 2014
Monday, June 2, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014

All meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. on the second Monday of the month with the exception of the following:

October meeting date changed due to student holiday on October 14

March meeting date changed due to Spring Break on March 10-14

June meeting date changed due to graduation ceremonies on June 8