Board of Education Code of Ethics

As members of the Board of Education, Board members will strive to improve public education and to that end they will:

A. attend all regularly scheduled Board meetings insofar as possible, and become informed concerning the issues to be considered at those meetings;

B. recognize that they should endeavor to make policy decisions only after full discussion at publicly held Board meetings;

C. render all decisions based on the available facts and independent judgment, and refuse to surrender that judgment to individuals or special interest groups;

D. encourage the free expression of opinion by all Board members, and seek systematic communications between the Board and students, staff, and all elements of the community;

E. work with the other Board members to establish effective Board policies and to delegate authority for the administration of the District to the District Administrator;

F. communicate to other Board members and the District Administrator expressions of public reaction to Board policies and school programs;

G. inform themselves about current educational issues by individual study and through participation in programs providing needed information, such as those sponsored by the State and National School Boards Associations;

H. support the employment of those persons best qualified to serve as school staff, and insist on a regular and impartial evaluation of all staff;

I. avoid being placed in a position of conflict of interest, and refrain from using their Board positions for personal partisan gain;

J. take no private action that will compromise the Board or administration, and respect the confidentiality of information that is privileged under applicable law;

K. remember always that their first and greatest concern must be for the educational welfare of the students attending the public schools.

Source: Board of Directors, National School Boards Association.

Reference: Board of Education Policy 0140