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Code of Ethics

School Board Association Code of Ethics for School Board members:

 1.  I will uphold and enforce all laws, rules and regulations of the State  Board of Education, and court orders pertaining to  schools.  Desired  changes shall be brought about only through  legal and ethical  procedures.

2.  I will make decisions in terms of the educational welfare of  children and will seek to develop and maintain public schools that  meet the individual needs of all children regardless of their  ability, race, creed, sex, or social standing.

3.  I will confine my board action to policy making, planning, and  appraisal, and I will help to frame policies and plans only after the  board has consulted those who will be affected by them.

4.  I will carry out my responsibility, not to administer the schools,  but,  together with my fellow board members, to see that they  are well run.

5.  I will recognize that authority rests with the board of education  and  will make no personal promises nor take any private action that  may  compromise the board.

6.  I will refuse to surrender my independent judgment to special  interest or partisan political groups or to use the schools for personal  gain or for the gain of friends.

7. I will hold confidential all matters pertaining to the schools  which, if disclosed, would needlessly injure individuals or the  schools.  In all other matters, I will provide accurate information  and, in concert with my fellow board members, interpret to the staff  the aspirations of the community for its school.

8.  I will vote to appoint the best qualified personnel available after  consideration of the recommendation of the chief administrative  officer.

9.  I will support and protect school personnel in proper performance  of their duties. 

10.  I will refer all complaints to the chief administrative officer and  will  act on the complaints at public meetings only after failure of an  administrative solution.