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School board members, elected from and representing their local communities, are entrusted with the responsibility of policy making and promoting educational excellence for their local school district. In Texas, school board members receive no compensation except the satisfaction derived from rendering an important public service.

School districts, governed by locally elected school boards, are political subdivisions carrying out a state function. The Iraan-Sheffield ISD Board of Trustees, like many Texas school boards, is composed of seven members serving three-year staggered terms so that the entire board is never up for election at the same time.

Because a school board is a governmental body, it can take action only by a majority vote at a legally called public meeting.