School Board Frequently Asked Questions

  • Photo of Wylie ISD Board Room

    The Wylie ISD community elects the Board of Trustees to govern and set policy for our quickly growing district northeast of Dallas. Each member is elected to an at-large position for four years in a non-partisan election.


    • Govern the school district
    • Employ and evaluate the superintendent of schools
    • Approve school district budget and expenditures 
    • Set tax rate
    • Communicate with the community


    • Manage day-to-day operations of the school district
    • Hire and fire personnel other than the superintendent of schools
    • Undermine decisions made by the board
    • Violate the board's code of ethics
    • Disclose or discuss confidential matters

    Learn more about the duties and functions of the school board by reviewing our frequently asked questions below. 

  • What is the role of the school board?

  • Are board members paid for their service?

  • How do citizens run for the school board?

  • What is the difference between the school board and the superintendent?

  • How does the superintendent communicate with the school board?

  • What kind of training are school board members required to take?

  • Why can’t the school board fire employees?

  • I want to learn more about how the school district operates. How do I do this, and where do I start?

  • I have a concern related to the school district. Who can I contact?

  • Why did a school board member forward my email to the superintendent?

  • What’s the difference between Board Policy and Board Operating Procedures?

  • What’s the difference between Board Policy and administrative procedures or regulations?

  • I looked at the Board Policy Manual and noticed two different policy versions for each subject. What is the difference between legal policy and local policy?

  • How is a board meeting agenda developed?

  • What is a consent agenda?

  • Who has decision-making authority on a school board?

  • How do we measure the board's performance?

  • Why does the school board meet in a closed/executive session?

  • Why can’t conversations or discussions take place between the school board and community members during the board meeting? Why doesn’t the school board respond to public comments?

  • Can the Board President make adjustments to the public forum period?

  • Is it true that the school board tried to limit same-topic groups to one speaker?

  • Does the board decide what books are available for students?

  • How does the board set the budget?

  • What are major budget items and funding sources?

  • Why do our taxes keep going up?

  • How has the tax rate terminology changed?

  • What does the No-New-Revenue Tax Rate mean?

  • What does the Voter-Approval Tax Rate mean?