Grand Prairie ISD Board Elections
The Board of Trustees consists of seven board members elected at large to serve, without compensation, for overlapping terms of three years each. Elections are conducted annually in May. While candidates run for specific places, they do not represent specific geographical areas; rather, each represents Grand Prairie ISD at large. Following the annual election, the Board elects a president, vice president and secretary to serve for one-year terms.
Elections of Trustees are held annually for three-year terms in cycles keyed off the years below:
• POSITIONS 1 & 2: 2016, 2019, 2022 and so forth.
• POSITIONS 3 & 4: 2017, 2020, 2023 and so forth.
• POSITIONS 5, 6 & 7: 2015, 2018, 2021 and so forth.
Terms for the Board of Trustees expire as follows:
• Place Nos. 1 and 2: May 2016
• Place Nos. 3 and 4: May 2017
• Place Nos. 5, 6 and 7: May 2015
Duties of the Board
Operating within the legal parameters of the state and federal constitutions, statutes, courts, and administrative agencies, the Board is charged with the responsibility of providing the finest educational program possible for the students in the District. School trustees make all final decisions regarding school district priorities, policies, personnel, textbooks, expenditures, and growth management. Trustees adopt a budget which is necessary to maintain and operate the schools, levy taxes to support the budget, and submit bond issues to the citizens of the District to finance construction projects.
Board Member Qualifications
To be eligible to be a candidate for, or elected or appointed to, the office of school board Trustee, a person must:
1. Be a United States citizen.
2. Be 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled at the election or on the date of
appointment, as applicable.
3. Have not been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be:
a. Totally mentally incapacitated and the person’s mental capacity has not subsequently been completely
restored by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction; or
b. Partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote and the person’s guardianship has not been
modified to include the right to vote or the person’s mental capacity has not been completely restored
by a subsequent final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction.
4. Have not been finally convicted of a felony from which the person has not been pardoned or otherwise
released from the resulting disabilities.Atty. Gen. Op. LO 96-114 (1996)
5. Be a resident of Texas and the District for the period of time described at CANDIDATE’S RESIDENCY
TERM, below. Tex. Const. Art. XVI,Sec. 14 Election Code 1.020, 141.001(a); Brown v. Patterson, 609 S.W.2d
287 (Tex. Civ. App.—Dallas 1980, no writ)
An individual seeking election to the office of Trustee by having his or her name placed on the ballot must have been a resident of the State for 12 months, and a resident of the District for six months, prior to the last date on which the candidate could file to be listed on the ballot.
Dallas County Elections Office; Texas Secretary of State Elections Division; Texas Ethics Commission