Text Box: Creswell School District 40                                                                                                                  Code:   BBF

                                                                                                             Adopted:   Unknown

                                                                                            Revised/Readopted:   4/8/98

                                                                                                      Orig. Code(s):   BBF



                                        Board Member Ethics Standards of Conduct


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:


        Refuse 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;


12.     Understand 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;


17.     Respect 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.











Legal Reference(s):



ORS 162.015 - 162.035

ORS 162.405 - 162.425

ORS 192.630

ORS 244.040

ORS 244.120

ORS 332.055