Responsibilities and Authority of the Board
The school board is responsible for the organization and control of the district’s public schools and is empowered to determine the policies necessary for the effective operation and the general improvement of the school system. The school board is a public corporate entity and can take action only when the board is meeting in official public session and a quorum is present. An individual member of the school board has authority to take official action only when sitting as a member of the school board in public session except when the school board specifically authorizes the member to act. The school board is not bound in any way by any action on the part of an individual board member or an employee except when such statement or action is in compliance with the public action of the school board.
Organization and Officers of the Board
A chair and vice-chair are elected annually by the School Board of Hillsborough County at its organizational meeting held on the third Tuesday after the first Monday in November; however, if the chair becomes vacant, the school board elects a chair at the next regular or special meeting.
The chair presides at all school board meetings, appoints committees and performs such other duties prescribed by law or by action of the school board. The vice-chair presides in the absence of the chair and performs other duties of the chair as required by circumstances. The chair and vice-chair are bonded in the manner prescribed by the State Board of Education.
The superintendent, as provided by law, is the secretary and executive officer of the school board. At any organizational meeting, the superintendent acts as chair until the organization of the school board is completed.
Aired on Television
School Board meetings are aired on Hillsborough Schools TV, Spectrum Cable channel 635 and Frontier channel 32, live on Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. and replays on Sundays at 10:00 a.m. (Board Meetings), and 8:00 p.m. (Recognition Meetings). Hillsborough County School Board meetings are available with closed captioning on live webcasts and on live television broadcasts. As of the meeting of October 28, 2014, closed captioning is available in the video archive as well. Closed captioning is also displayed on a monitor in the Board auditorium during School Board meetings.
School Board meetings since July 2012 have been indexed and are available online. Choose a meeting you wish to view, click on an agenda item, and the video will skip ahead to that portion of the video. Click here to select from the meeting archive.