BOARD MEMBER CODE OF ETHICS

 

  1. I will view service on a board of education as an opportunity to serve my community, state, and nation because I believe public education is the best means to promote the welfare of our people and to preserve self government.

 

  1. I will work unremittingly to help the people in my community understand the importance of public education and to support willingly the highest level of education we can afford.

 

  1. I will try to make decisions in terms of the best interests of the educational welfare of children. I will seek to provide an educational opportunity equally open to all children regardless of ability, race, creed, or location of residence.

 

  1. I will recognize that my responsibility is not to run the schools but to see that they are well run. I will confine my board action to policy making, planning and appraisal.

 

  1. I will refuse to represent special interests or partisan politics or to use the schools for personal gain or for the gain of friends of supporters.

 

  1. I will arrive at conclusions only after I have discussed matters fully with members of the professional staff and board members. Once a decision has been reached by the majority of the board assembled at a meeting, I will support it graciously.

 

  1. I will recognize that authority rests with the whole board assembled in meeting and that I have no legal status to bind the board outside of a meeting.

 

  1. I will support and protect school personnel in performance of their duties. I will vote only for competent trained, technical and professional persons who have been properly recommended by the appropriate administrative office.

 

  1. I will refer all complaints, including my personal criticisms, to the appropriate administrative office and only after failure of administrative solution will discuss such matters at a regular board meeting.

 

  1. I will observe and enforce state laws and regulations pertaining to public education.

 

Legal Reference:                     Neb. Statute 79-526

 

Cross Reference:                     201.01 Board Powers and Responsibilities

                                                202.02 Board Member Conflict of Interest

 

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