- Calling upon TEA and/or the National Education Association for assistance.
The executive board, although it functions in the manner of a committee, has executive powers. It is responsible for the management of the association, approval of all expenditures, carrying out policies established by the representative assembly and/or the membership, reporting its transactions (and those of the assembly) to the members, and suggesting policies for consideration by the assembly and/or membership.
The composition of the executive board varies among local associations. It usually includes all elected officers (president, vice president, past president, secretary, treasurer) and may include other members elected at large, or elected to represent geographic areas, grade levels, student distribution, etc. Caution should be exercised to keep the size of the board to a workable number. It should be large enough to be representative, but should not be so large as to become cumbersome in performing its tasks. The executive board should be elected, rather than appointed.
Other duties include:
- Determining policies when general meetings are impractical (or between meetings of the representative assembly).
- Coordinating the activities and programs of the association.
- Directing and advising the president, other officers, and committees.
- Approving assignments, appointments, and objectives.
- Coordinating the activities of the association with state, regional, and national programs.
- Meeting at least once monthly or every other month, depending upon the local constitution and bylaws.
- Carefully preparing the agendas for meetings of the association and representative assembly.
- Exercising general supervision over the budget.
- Representing the association in negotiating personnel policies with the governing and appropriating bodies of the school system, and within policies established by the association, making binding decisions in these matters. (The executive board may delegate this power to another committee or the representative assembly.)
- Assisting the president in appointing members of standing committees.