(1) The Texas Board of Criminal Justice
(TBCJ) serves as the WSD board, pursuant to Chapter 19, Texas Education Code.
The TBCJ is a nine member body appointed by the governor to oversee the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). The TBCJ chairman, who serves as the
board chairman, is designated by and serves at the request of the governor
pursuant to Texas Government Code §
(2) The board operates utilizing the same
officers and structure established by the TBCJ.
(3) The chairman, on behalf of the board, is
empowered to appoint members of the board to be members or chairs of standing
or limited-purpose committees, or to serve as liaisons to the WSD on particular
subject areas within the WSD's jurisdiction. The purpose of a committee, if
appointed, is to have certain members become particularly familiar with various
issues and to facilitate discussion and recommend potential strategies as
(1) The board shall hold its
regular meetings in conjunction with those of the TBCJ.
(2) The TBCJ and the board shall attempt to
hold a regular meeting at least every other month of the year, but shall meet
at least once each quarter of the calendar year pursuant to Texas Government
called meetings can be held at the discretion of the board chairman.
(3) Meetings shall be held in Austin or
Huntsville, Texas. If the board uses video conference technology to convene a
meeting, at least one conference site must be located in Huntsville or Austin.
To convene a video conference meeting, a quorum of the board must be present at
one of the video conference sites. The other members may convene using the
technology from remote sites.
The agenda and date for the board meetings shall be set by the board chairman
in consultation with the WSD superintendent.
(5) The agenda for committee meetings shall
be set by the board chairman in consultation with the committee's chairman and
the WSD superintendent. If the board committee uses video conference technology
to convene a meeting, at least one conference site must be located in
Huntsville or Austin. To convene a video conference meeting, a quorum of the
committee must be present at one of the video conference sites. The other
member(s) may convene using the technology from remote sites.
(6) A majority of the board, or of a
committee of the board, constitutes a quorum for the convening of and
transaction of business at any meeting. A quorum of a committee with two
members consists of both members.
(7) Meetings of the board and its committees
shall be conducted according to standard parliamentary procedures.
(8) Board meetings are governed by the
Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code §§
551.001 - .146
(9) The WSD superintendent, in
coordination with appropriate TDCJ staff, shall ensure members are provided the
materials necessary to conduct the business of the board and its committees
well in advance of the meetings.
(10) The WSD superintendent, in coordination
with appropriate TDCJ staff, shall ensure the minutes of each meeting are
prepared, retained, and filed with the Legislative Reference Library, and made
available to the public. The minutes shall state the subject matter of each
deliberation and shall indicate each vote, order, decision, or other action
taken by the board.
by the public to make presentations or comments to the board are governed by 19
Texas Administrative Code §
pursuant to Texas Government Code §
(12) The board shall approve meeting minutes
for any committees deleted, renamed, or for which their limited-purpose has
Prior to each
regularly scheduled meeting, the board shall offer the opportunity for:
(A) The WSD superintendent to present any
item relating to the WSD as determined by the superintendent or the board
(B) The board chairman to
present any item relating to the board or the WSD as determined by the board
chairman in consultation with the WSD superintendent.