Midway ISD School Board
Standing: Vice President Tom Pagel, Brad Alford, Superintendent Dr. George Kazanas, President Pete Rusek, Rick Tullis, Dr. Andy PopejoySeated: Secretary Susan Vick, Pam WattsWhat is the Role of our School Board?
The seven-member Midway 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 MISD 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 consists of seven trustees serving terms of three years, with elections held annually. The terms of one-third of the trustees, or as near to one-third as possible, expire each year. Elections are held on the May uniform election date. There are no term limits.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, hiring and evaluating the superintendent, establishing the tax rate, adopting the district vision statement, adopting the budget, collaborating with the superintendent and adopting policy.
When Does the School Board Meet?
Regular meetings of the Board are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the MISD Administration Building Board Room located at 13885 Woodway Drive, Woodway, TX 76712. Special meetings and workshops are scheduled as needed and are posted on the website and at the Administration Building. Local media is also notified of all board meetings.
The public may access the MISD Board Policy online.
Who Determines What is on the Agenda?
In consultation with the board president, the superintendent prepares the agenda for all meetings of the board. Individual board members may request that a subject be included on the agenda for a particular meeting. The agenda must be set and posted 72 hours prior to a meeting. Notice of all meetings shall provide for the possibility of a closed session during an open meeting as provided by law.
Who Can Attend School Board Meetings?
The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the school board meetings. If unable to attend the meetings, citizens are welcome to read about the board action in the summaries provided on the school’s website. Minutes are not available or official until approved at the following regular meeting of the board.
During a meeting, there are legally specified circumstances that call for an adjournment to closed session for discussion and consideration. These circumstances include personnel matters, land acquisitions or sales, legal consultation, and student or employee hearings. The board cannot take any action in closed session.
How Can a Citizen Address the Board?
Community members are encouraged to participate and provide input to the board. Audience participation at a board meeting is accomplished by requesting an item to be placed on the agenda or by addressing items on the published agenda. At all other times during a board meeting, the audience shall not enter into discussion or debate on matters being considered by the board unless requested by the presiding officer.
A citizen’s request to address the board as an agenda item shall be made in writing through the superintendent’s office at least six days before the meeting. The superintendent and board president shall determine the propriety of the request and when the item may be scheduled for board discussion.
Persons desiring to address the board regarding a specific agenda item shall sign up on a form provided by the board before the meeting begins. Those who sign up shall be allowed to speak in the chronological order in which they signed up.
No presentation shall exceed three minutes unless approved by the presiding officer. Delegations of more than five persons shall appoint one person to present their views to the board.
The presiding officer or designee shall determine whether a person addressing the board has attempted to solve a matter administratively through resolution channels established by policy. If not, the person shall be referred to the appropriate policy to seek resolution.