Board of Education
The Tarrant Board of Education is a five-member Board, appointed by the Tarrant City Council. Each member serves the school system and community for a five-year term and may be reappointed by the City Council.
Board meetings are usually held at 6:00 pm on the last Tuesday of the month. Board meetings are open to the public. Meetings are held in the Board Room at the Central Office (1318 Alabama Street, Tarrant, Alabama) or at one of the school locations. Board meetings for the year are listed on the District calendar.
The Board conducts public hearings on specific topics from time to time. These hearings provide additional opportunities for public comments on such items as the budget. Notices about public hearings are published on the system website.
In accordance with Alabama Sunshine Law, the Board may meet privately in executive session to discuss good name and character or certain legal matters that are in compliance with Alabama law.
A copy of the Board minutes (after being Board approved) may be obtained by calling Martha Vaughn at 205-849-3700 or may be viewed by clicking on the Archived Meetings list.
Role of the School Board
With children always their ultimate focus, school Board members act officially only at the Board table, working with other Board members to accomplish the following:
- Create a shared vision
- Set student performance standards
- Oversee development of assessment programs based on those standards
- Account for student achievement results
- Adopt the annual budget, aligning district resources to improve achievement
- Create a healthy environment for work and learning
- Build strategic partnerships
- Sustain the disctrict's progress through continuous improvement
- Adopt and maintain current policies in written format
- Hire and evaluate the superintendent
- Maintain strong ethical standards
The Board is a committee of community representatives that exist to make sure the superintendent has what is needed to efficiently run schools in support of the children and in synch with the community's vision. It is the superintendent who develops the curriculum and the staff and is responsible for the day-to-day operations.