Board of Education Code of Ethics

As a Member of my local Board of Education, I will strive to improve public education, and to that end I will:

  1. Attend all regularly scheduled board meetings insofar as possible, and become informed concerning the issues to be considered at those meetings;
  2. Recognize that I should endeavor to make policy decisions only after full discussion at publicly held board meetings;
  3. Recognize that I exercise collective authority when acting together with fellow board members and not individual authority;
  4. Render all decisions based on the available facts and my independent judgment, and refuse to surrender that judgment to individuals or special interest groups;
  5. Encourage the free expression of opinion by all board members;
  6. Seek systematic communications between the board and students, staff, and all elements of the community;
  7. Work with other board members to establish effective board policies and to delegate authority for the administration of the schools to the superintendent;
  8. Communicate to other board members and the superintendent expressions of public reaction to board policies and school programs;
  9. Inform myself about current educational issues by individual study and through participation in programs providing needed information, such as those sponsored by my state and national school board associations;
  10. Support the employment of those persons best qualified to serve as school staff, and insist on a regular and impartial evaluation of all staff;
  11. Avoid being placed in a position of conflict of interest;
  12. Take no private action that will compromise the board or administration;
  13. Preserve the confidentiality of information and documents to which I have access in the scope of my office and which are privileged, exempt, or prohibited from public disclosure under applicable law;
  14. Support and protect the civil and human rights of all members of the school community;
  15. Share in the responsibility of all board decisions, regardless of how I voted;
  16. Remember always that my first and greatest concern must be the educational welfare of the students attending the public schools.

Adoption From a Publication from the National School Board Association
Revised 17-Apr-02