Board members will treat other Board members, the superintendent, staff and the public with dignity and courtesy and will provide an opportunity for all parties to be heard with due respect for their opinions.
Board members will recognize the superintendent as the chief executive officer to whom the Board has delegated administrative authority to establish regulations and oversee the implementation of Board policy.
A Board member has the right to express personal opinions. When expressing such opinions in public, the Board member should clearly identify the opinions as personal.
A Board member will respect the privacy rights of individuals when dealing with confidential information gained through association with the district.
A Board member should:
to "play politics" in either the traditional partisan or in any other
sense within the school organization; • Respect
the right of school patrons and employees to be heard at official meetings,
within the provisions of Board policy; • Recognize
that authority rests with the Board only in official meetings; • Recognize
that a Board member has no legal status to act for the Board outside official
meetings, except as delegated by Board vote; • Refuse
to participate in meetings which are not official and which all members do not
have the opportunity to attend; • Refuse
to make individual commitments on any matter which should properly come before
the Board as a whole; • Make
decisions only after all available facts bearing on a question have been
presented and discussed; • Respect
the opinions of others and accept "majority rule" in Board decisions; • Recognize
that the superintendent should have full administrative authority for properly
discharging his/her professional duties within limits of established Board
policy; • Act
only after hearing at an official meeting the superintendent's recommendation
in matters of employment or dismissal of other school personnel; • Recognize
that the superintendent is the educational advisor to the Board and should be
present at all Board meetings except when his/her contract and salary are under
consideration~ • Refer
all complaints or problems to the proper administrative office and discuss them
at regular meetings only after failure of administrative solution~ • Present
personal criticisms of any school operation to the superintendent rather than
to school personnel; • Insist
that all school business transactions be on an ethical and above-board basis; • Refuse
to use his/her position on the Board for personal gain or prestige; • Advocate
honest and accurate evaluation of all past employees when such information is
requested by another school district; • Give
staff the respect and consideration due skilled professional personnel.
Comply with the Code of Ethics for public officials provided in state law;
that the Board sets the standards for the district through Board policy. Board members do not manage the district on a
day-to-day basis; 23. Understand
that the Board makes decisions as a team.
Individual Board members may not commit the Board to any action; 34. Respect
the right of other Board members to have opinions and ideas which differ; 45. Recognize
that decisions are made by a majority vote and should be supported by all Board
members; 56. Make
decisions only after the facts are presented and discussed; 67. Understand
the chain of command and refer problems or complaints to the proper
administrative office; 78. Recognize
that the Board must comply with the Public Meetings Law and only has authority
to make decisions at official Board meetings; 89. Insist
that all Board and district business is ethical and honest; 910. Be
open, fair and honest — no hidden agendas; 1011. Understand
that you will receive information that is confidential and cannot be shared; 1112. Recognize
that the superintendent is the Board’s advisor; 1213. Take
action only after hearing the superintendent’s recommendations;
14. Refuse to bring personal or family problems into Board considerations;
15. Give the staff the respect and consideration due skilled, professional employees;
16. Present personal criticism of district operations to the superintendent, when appropriate, not to district staff;
the right of the public to attend and
be heard atobserve Board meetings;
18. Respect the right of the public to be informed about district decisions and school operations as allowed by law.
19. Remember that content discussed in executive session is confidential.