The Board of Trustees acts to establish policies governing the operation of Harris County Department of Education. As a governmental body, it can take action only by majority vote at a legally called public meeting. Regular meetings of the HCDE Board are typically held on the third Tuesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. at 6300 Irvington Boulevard in Houston, Texas. Special meetings are called when necessary. All meetings are open to the public. The Board elects the County Superintendent as its chief executive officer to administer the organization.
In accordance with the Texas Education Code, candidates for County Board of Trustees must:
- Be a qualified voter in Harris County
- Be a resident of Harris County for six months prior to the filing deadline; persons representing County Commissioner precincts must reside in the precinct
- Be of good moral character
- Be able to read and speak the English language
- Be a person of good education and in sympathy with the public free schools
- Not be connected with the public schools of any district, either as an official or as an employee.
Candidates must file according to political party affiliation and should contact party headquarters for filing date and instructions. A filing fee of $750 must accompany the application. Harris County Department of Education Board of Trustees consists of seven members, three elected at large and one from each of the four County Commissioner precincts. Members are elected to six year terms which are staggered. County Board of Trustees elections are held every two years in conjunction with the General Election. Board members serve with a $6.00 per meeting pay, if eligible.
The Texas Election Code prohibits corporations and labor unions from contributing directly or indirectly to a candidate's campaign. Questions about contributions should be directed to an attorney of the State Ethics Commission.