The Sweetwater ISD Board of Trustees is made up of elected individuals whose purpose is to govern the operation of the school district. These individuals serve without a salary.
If you need information about any meeting other than the ones posted here, you may contact the Superintendent's office at 235-8601.
The board usually meets on the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Sweetwater ISD Administration Board Room, 207 Musgrove Street. In the event that large attendance is anticipated, the board may meet at Sweetwater Intermediate School. Special meetings may be called when necessary. A written notice of regular and special meetings will be posted at the central administration building and on the district Website at least 72 hours before the scheduled meeting time. The written notice will show the date, time, place, and subjects of each meeting. In emergencies, a meeting may be held with a two- hour notice.
All meetings are open to the public. In certain circumstances, Texas law permits the board to go into a closed session from which the public and others are excluded. Closed session may occur for such things as discussing prospective gifts or donations, real-property acquisition, certain personnel matters including employee complaints, security matters, student discipline, or consulting with attorneys regarding pending litigation.
As citizens who serve children and represent their communities, individual school board members face complex and demanding challenges. Yet, few people fully understand the scope and far-reaching implications of board members’ responsibilities. All Texans should recognize the vital contributions of these men and women and focus attention on the crucial role these elected leaders play in the education of our children. They truly make a difference every day.
Their job is to establish a vision for the education program, design a structure to achieve that vision, assure schools are accountable to the community, and strongly advocate continuous improvement in student learning. That job entails an endless string of meetings and school functions to attend; reams of reports, agendas, proposals, and other information to read and study; and a host of difficult decisions to make.
School board members come from all walks of life. They are farmers, secretaries, doctors, lawyers, homemakers, teachers, truck drivers, business owners, professors, architects, ranchers, and real estate agents, to name just a few.
While they wear many hats in the workday world, school board members put on a collective hat when they get down to the business of leading their school districts. Board members must pull together as a team toward a common goal—helping our students achieve. While they may individually disagree on certain issues, their role as a board is to consistently strive toward excellence.
Board members contribute hundreds and hundreds of hours each year governing their districts. Whether crafting policies, hiring administrators, listening to staff and student concerns, or recognizing outstanding programs, board members always keep their eyes on the goal of student achievement.
The time spent in board meetings represents just a small fraction of the hours school board members devote to their jobs. They work hard at seminars and training sessions to keep abreast of the latest changes in state and federal regulations and learn trends in educational leadership. They also are deeply involved in community activities, and spend many hours in the schools and at extracurricular events. Their love of learning and concern and caring for students, staff, and the community drive board members’ desire to ensure every student can succeed.
Sweetwater ISD would like to publicly thank our board members for their hard work and express our appreciation to them.