BC - Board Member Conduct
Because of the importance of the board’s responsibility to make decisions related to the district’s educational program while maintaining effective relationships with school administrators, staff, and community members, the board will conduct themselves professionally in accordance with the level of responsibility bestowed upon them by the public.
It is the responsibility of each board member to do the following:
- Remember that the first and greatest concern must be the educational welfare of all students attending public schools.
- Become familiar with district policies, rules, and procedures as well as state and federal school laws and regulations.
- Have a general knowledge of educational goals and objectives of the district.
- Work harmoniously with other board members without trying to dominate the board or neglect one’s share of the work.
- Vote and act in board meetings impartially for the good of the district, representing all school district constituents honestly and equally.
- Recognize that authority rests only with the board in official meetings and that the individual member has no legal status to bind the board outside of such meetings.
- Refuse to participate in irregular or secret meetings which are not official and which all members or the public do not have the opportunity to attend.
- Accept the will of the majority vote in all cases and support the resulting policy or decision.
- Maintain the confidentiality of all matters discussed in executive session.
- Understand that the basic function of a school board is policymaking, not administration, and accept the responsibility of learning to discriminate intelligently between these two functions.
- Strive to procure, when a vacancy exists, the best professional leader available for the superintendency.
- Give the superintendent full administrative authority for properly discharging his/her professional duties and hold him/her responsible for acceptable results.
- Refer suggestions and complaints to the superintendent and abstain from individual counsel and action.
- Participate in the various board training opportunities which are offered locally, regionally, statewide, and nationally
- Respond, as appropriate, to the wishes and desires expressed by the community and to interpret and share the district’s educational program and policies to the public in such a way as to promote community interest and support