NYOS School Board Election

Are you interested in becoming a member of NYOS Charter School's School Board?
Our School Board is accepting nominations for the positions found below. Nominations are due Thursday, April 30th and elections will then be held on Thursday, May 7th (please note the updated date for the election).
Please read the helpful FAQ below to learn more about our School Board, including length of terms and board commitments.
What is the NYOS School Board? What does the Board do?
According to the by-laws, School Board members “shall represent the students, parents, staff, and community/cultural segments of the community as a whole. Each member shall bring their own expertise, their own experience, and their collective wisdom to benefit the School Board and School as a whole.”
Activities of the School Board include, but not limited to:
  1. hiring, supervision, evaluation, and removal of the Executive Director
  2. development of strategic goals and objectives
  3. establishment of the School policy
  4. review and approve the budget
  5. negotiations with and accountability to the Texas Education Agency
  6. attending to the needs of the School community
Who is on the School Board?
The NYOS School Board is comprised of four parent members (two Elementary and two Secondary), four teacher members (two Elementary and two Secondary), one student member, and up to five community members. The names of the current Board members can be found at the bottom of our website's homepage here.
The following positions are available during the upcoming election:
  • Student Member - 1 position available       
  • Secondary Parent Member (Grades 6-12) - 1 position available             
  • Secondary Teacher Member (Grades 6-12) - 1 positions available
  • Elementary Parent Member (Grades PK-5) - 2 positions available   
  • Elementary Teacher Member (Grades PK-5) - 1 position available
  • Community Member – 2 positions available
How do I nominate myself or someone else for a Board position? How are Board members selected?
Candidates for Board positions may self-nominate or be nominated by another individual. Please send an email expressing your interest and position desired, along with a short bio, to Chris Juraska at cjuraska@nyos.org by Thursday, April 30th.
Elections will be at the Board Meeting on Thursday, May 7th. Nominees may choose to make an in-person statement at the Board meeting during which the election takes place. Teacher, Parent, and Community members are voted in by the current Board during an executive session of the general Board meeting. Results are revealed immediately following the executive session.
The student member of the Board must be a rising Junior or Senior and is elected by the Secondary student body. Interested students should contact Mr. Jaramillo, Secondary Principal, for more information.
How long is a Board member’s term?
Each Parent and Teacher member of the School Board serves for a period of two years. The Community members and the Student member of the School Board serve for a period of one year.
Terms of Teacher, Parent, and Community members begin at the first regularly scheduled meeting after the School Board’s vote of approval.
What is the time commitment for a Board member?
The Board meets on the second Thursday of the month at 6:00 PM. Meetings generally last 1.5 to 2.5 hours. Members are occasionally asked to pre-read or review documents ahead of the meetings. If you choose to participate in any committees, there may be some additional meeting time required, but this is very flexible and often done via phone or in-person immediately before or after a general board meeting. Members are also expected to meet annual training requirements, which may include a combination of in-person and online trainings.
Do I need any previous experience or special skills to be a Board member?
Nope! Candidates with all different levels of governance experience and skill sets are welcome to apply for the NYOS School Board, and training for new members will be provided. However, experience in legal, finance or accounting, county or city government, and/or real estate would be of particular benefit to NYOS’s current needs and goals at this time.
Thank you for your interest in joining the NYOS School Board! Please email kzimmermann@nyos.org or cjuraska@nyos.org with any additional questions.