Texas Public Board Meeting Notice and Agendas

Great Hearts America -Texas Board Meeting Notice and Agenda

Pursuant to Section 551.043, notices of the meetings of the Governing Board of Directors will be posted electronically on this website at least 72 hours prior to the meeting. This website is publicly accessible 24 hours a day, Sunday – Saturday. Notices will indicate the date, time, and location of the meeting and will include an agenda. If you require accommodations, have questions about how to access the meeting, or to access past meeting materials, please contact Bianca Ulibarri at Bianca.Ulibarri@greathearts.org.

2023-2024

Wednesday, September 6, 2023 – Regular Meeting
Friday, October 13, 2023 – Special Annual Meeting
Monday, October 23, 2023
Monday, November 27, 2023 – Regular Meeting
Wednesday, December 13, 2023 – No Board Meeting The Dec board meeting was tentatively held should GH Texas need another meeting before end-of-year and in order to try to give notice further out of meetings. We don’t have any end-of-year business, and so the tentative hold will be released. 
Wednesday, January 24, 2024 – No Board Meeting Great Hearts Texas is rescheduling the January 24th board meeting. We plan to take advantage of the tentative March 6th date if we cannot find a suitable February reschedule date. The board meeting is being rescheduled for two reasons: 1) We had unavoidable schedule conflicts with new board members; and 2)

Great Hearts Texas is awaiting approval from the Great Hearts America board on the appointment of two new Great Hearts Texas board members unanimously voted in during the most recent board meeting.

Notification will be provided once the rescheduled date is confirmed.

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 – Regular Meeting Upcoming
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 – Regular Meeting Upcoming
Wednesday, May 22, 2024 – Tentative Meeting Upcoming
Thursday, June 13, 2024 – Regular Meeting Upcoming

School Safety and Security Committee Meeting Notice and Agendas

Board Meeting Recap Emails

Great Hearts Texas is beginning a new practice of sharing key takeaways from Great Hearts Texas’ Board of Directors meetings for interested employees, parents, students, or other stakeholders. You can subscribe to receive future Board Mtg. Summaries here:

 

For previous board meeting links and recaps you can find here

Board Governance FAQs

Q. What are the duties of the Board of Directors?

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The Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the management of all Great Hearts Texas schools. They are charged with ensuring that the district and individual schools meet the educational needs of Great Hearts Texas’ students in accordance with its charter, Texas state laws, and regulations. The duties of the Board of Directors include but are not limited to:
• Determining the budget and overseeing financial management
• Hiring and evaluating the Superintendent
• Monitoring student performance and addressing faculty and staff needs
• Approving the school's curriculum and instruction program
• Final authority to hear or decide employee grievances, citizen complaints or parental concerns

Q. How does the Board of Directors ensure fiscal responsibility?

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The Board of Directors ensures fiscal responsibility by reviewing and approving budgets and investments, providing oversight of financial transactions, ensuring the district is compliant with all applicable laws, and regularly reviewing and updating financial policies. Additionally, the board seeks to ensure that Great Hearts Texas remains driven by its mission and goals, rather than solely focusing on financial objectives.

Q. How do board members assess the performance of the schools?

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The Board of Directors assesses the district’s performance by reviewing a variety of quantitative and qualitative data, such as student enrollment and retention rates, test scores, teacher and staff evaluations, financial reports, and parent and student surveys and direct input. Additionally, the board can review the district’s annual improvement plan and measures. Board members may also use feedback from the Great Hearts Texas’ founders and external stakeholders, such as the school district, to assess performance. The board takes into account Great Hearts Texas’ mission, vision, and goals when evaluating school performance.

Q. Do members of the Board of Directors receive compensation for the service?

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Directors serve without compensation for their services, although they may be reimbursed for all necessary and reasonable expenses of attending meetings and otherwise performing their duties.

Q. What is a quorum?

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A quorum is achieved when the majority of board members then in office are present. Every act or decision made by a majority of the directors present at a duly held meeting at which a quorum is present is regarded as an act of the board.

Q. What is a Regular Meeting of the Board and how does it differ from a Special Meeting of the Board?

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Regular Meetings of the Board are held at least once a quarter each calendar year. Special meetings of the Board may be held at any time or place and are called by the board chair, vice chair, or at the written request of three directors.

Q. How are board members chosen?

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The Board of Directors must have a minimum number of three members and no more than seven members. Candidates for the board are usually identified by active board members or introduced to the board by Great Hearts Texas staff or supporters. The board seeks to have a well-rounded group of executive and academic leaders whose expertise supports and strengthens the management of Great Hearts Texas. Candidates are typically known to the board or a member of the board well in advance of consideration. Currently all members of the board had a prior relationship to Great Hearts Texas, its schools, and/or its leadership for multiple years prior to serving on the board. While the board does not formally consult parents, teachers, or school administrators in the selection process for new members, the input of all Great Hearts Texas stakeholders is welcomed and valued.