The new policy, approved in a 4-3 vote, replaces the requirement for candidates to win their place seat in a majority vote. The new policy states board members will be elected based on having the most votes in a particular race.
The new policy will eliminate the need for runoff elections, trustee Kathy Florence Spradley said at the meeting.
Runoffs occur in races with three or more candidates where no one receives more than 50% of the vote.
Trustees Becky St. John, Coley Canter and Jorge Rodríguez voted against the policy.
The new election policy goes into effect Nov. 7, 180 days before the next GCISD board election on May 6, 2023, according to the school district.
The policy change on elections was one of several approved at the Aug. 22 meeting. The other policy changes, approved with a single 4-3 vote, covered a variety of issues, including library books, controversial topics and bathroom use.