Public Participation

The Northside ISD Board of Trustees is committed to openness and candor in the conduct of its business and encourages patron participation.

Northside Trustees meet monthly in regular meetings on the fourth Tuesday of the month. They may also meet in called meetings for workshops, retreats or to handle routine business. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. at the Board Room at 5900 Evers Road unless otherwise posted. Meetings are open to the public. Citizens who wish to address the Board may do so by signing up to speak, just prior to the beginning of the meeting. All meetings are posted as required by law. Agendas are also faxed to area news media and posted on the NISD web site the Friday prior to Board meetings.

Provision is made for citizens to speak to agenda items as they are being considered by the Board for action. In addition, a "Citizens to be Heard" time is allotted at each regular meeting for citizens who wish to address items not on the agenda. The Texas Open Meetings Law prohibits the Board from taking action on any item not on the official agenda. Citizens wishing to speak to the Board must register prior to the start of the meeting. Three minutes per person are allowed for presentations. Written statements may also be provided. The time limit is necessary to provide citizens an opportunity to give input while allowing adequate time for Board business.

Within the limits of the Texas Open Meetings Law, parts of the Board meeting may be closed to the public (Closed Session) so the Board may consider real estate transactions, personnel matters, student hearings and other legal matters. All actions on items considered during Closed Sessions must be acted upon when they reconvene in open meeting. A majority of the Board constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business.