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Policy/Government Affairs

Elections - The Blinn College Board of Trustees consists of seven members, one Trustee from each Washington County Commissioner’s Precinct and three by place, and serve six-year terms. A candidate for Trustee representing a county precinct district must be a resident of that precinct he or she seeks to represent. All eligible voters of Washington County vote on all Trustees. The regular election of Board members shall be on the second Saturday in May of odd-numbered years. Refer to Board Policies and the Secretary of State web site for addition information on Elections.

Open Meetings - A meeting is a deliberation among a quorum of the Board, or between a quorum of the Board and another person, during which public business or public policy over which the Board has supervision or control is discussed or considered, or during which the Board takes formal action. The Board of Trustees shall conduct business for Blinn College in meetings open to the public and may enter into a closed meeting to discuss confidential matters, as provided by law. Refer to Board Policies and the Attorney General web site for additional information on Open Meetings.   

Policies - Two types of policies govern the operation of Blinn College:  Board Legal Policies contain provisions from federal and state statutes and regulations, case law, and other legal authority. These legally referenced policies are mandated by law and cannot be revised. Their purpose is to ensure Blinn College is in compliance with the ever-changing laws governing higher education and Board Local Policies are created/revised by Blinn personnel but generally shall be recommended for the Board’s consideration by the District President. Their purpose is to localize the legal policies with specific information relating to Blinn College.

Procedures - Administrative Procedures are created/revised by Blinn personnel and approved by Executive Council. Their purpose is to provide procedural guidelines for carrying out the governance policies set forth by the Board. Refer to the Administrative Procedure Manual web page for additional information on Administrative Procedures.

Public Information - Public information is information that is collected, assembled, or maintained under a law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business by the Board or for the Board and to which the Board has a right of access. Student records are not considered public information. Refer to the Public Information web page, Board Policies and the Attorney General web site for additional information on Public Information. 

Records Management - A local government record is any document, paper, letter, book, map, photograph, sound or video recording, microfilm, magnetic tape, electronic medium, or other information-recording medium, regardless of physical form or characteristic and regardless of whether public access to it is open or restricted under the laws of the state, created or received by the College District or any of its officers or employees, pursuant to law or in the transaction of public business. Blinn College facilitates the creation, maintenance, preservation and destruction of all College District records. Refer to Board Policies and the State Library and Archives Commission web site for additional information on Records Management.