BE        Board Member Ethics                                                                                      BE


A.    A school board member should honor the high responsibility which his/her membership demands:

        1.     By thinking always in terms of students first;

        2.     By understanding that the basic function of the board is policy-making and not

               administrative, and by accepting the responsibility of learning to discriminate

               intelligently between these two functions;

        3.     By accepting the responsibility, along with his/her fellow board members, of seeing

               that the maximum of facilities and resources are provided for the proper functioning

               of schools;

        4.     By representing at all times the entire school community;

        5.     By accepting the responsibility of becoming well-informed concerning the duties of

               board members and the proper functions of public schools; and

        6.     By recognizing the responsibility as a state official to seek the improvement of

               education throughout the state.


B.    A board member should respect his/her relationship with other members of the board:

        1.     By recognizing 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


        2.     By recognizing the integrity of his/her predecessors and associates and the merit

               of their work;

        3.     By refusing to make statements or promises as to how he/she will vote on any matter which should properly come before the board as a whole;

        4.     By making decisions only after all facts bearing on a question have been

               presented and discussed;

        5.     By respecting the opinion of others and supporting the principle of "majority rule";

        6.     By refusing to participate in irregular meetings which are not official and which all

               members do not have the opportunity to attend.


C.    A school board member should meet his/her responsibilities to the community:

        1.     By attempting to appraise fairly both the present and future educational needs

               of the community;

        2.     By regarding it as an immediate responsibility of the board to interpret the aim

               and the methods of the school to the community;

        3.     By insisting that all school business transactions be on an open, ethical and

               above-board basis;

        4.     By vigorously seeking adequate financial support for the district;

        5.     By refusing to discuss personal matters or any other confidential business of the

               board in his/her home, on the street or in the office; and

        6.     By winning the community's confidence that all is being done in the best

               interest of the students.


(P 1210)