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204 CODE OF ETHICS

Board members'  actions,  verbal and nonverbal,  reflect the attitude  and the beliefs of the school district. Therefore,  board members  must conduct  themselves  professionally  and in a manner  fitting to their position.

Each board member  shall follow the code of ethics stated in this policy.

AS A SCHOOL  BOARD  MEMBER:

  1. I will listen.
  2. I will respect the opinion  of others.
  3. I will recognize  the integrity  of my predecessors  and associates  and the merit of their work.
  4. I will be motivated  only by an earnest desire to serve my school district and the children  of my school district community  in the best possible  way.
  5. I will not use the school district or any part of the school district program  for my own personal  advantage  or for the advantage  of my friends  or supporters.
  6.  I will vote for a closed session  of the board if the situation  requires  it, but I will consider​
  7. I will recognize  that to promise  in advance  of a meeting  how I will vote on any proposition which is to be considered  is to close my mind and agree not to think through  other facts and points of view which may be presented  in the meeting.
  8.  I will expect, in board meetings,  to spend more time on education  programs  and procedures  than on business  details.
  9.  I will recognize  that authority  rests with the board in legal session and not with individual members  of the board, except as authorized  by law.
  10. I will make no disparaging  remarks,  in or out of the board meeting,  about other members  of the board or their opinions.
  11. I will express  my honest and most thoughtful  opinions  frankly in board meetings  in an effort to have decisions  made for the best interests  of the children  and the education  program.
  12. I will insist that the members  of the board participate  fully in board action and recommend that when special committees  are appointed,  they serve only in an investigative  and advisory  capacity.
  13. I will abide by majority  decisions  of the board.
  14. I will carefully  consider  petitions,  resolutions  and complaints  and will act in the best interests  of the school district.
  15. I will not discuss  the confidential  business  of the board in my home, on the street or in my office; the place for such discussion  is the board meeting.
  16. I will endeavor  to keep informed  on local, state and national educational  developments  of significance  so I may become  a better board member.

IN MEETING  MY RESPONSIBILITY   TO MY SCHOOL  DISTRICT  COMMUNITY

  1. I will consider  myself a trustee of public education  and will do my best to protect it, conserve  it, and advance  it, giving to the children  of my school district community  the educational  facilities  that are as complete  and adequate  as it is possible  to provide.
  2. I will consider  it an important  responsibility  of the board to interpret  the aims, methods  and attitudes  of the school district to the community.
  3. I will earnestly  try to interpret  the needs and attitudes  of the school district community  and do my best to translate  them into the education  program  of the school district.
  4. I will attempt  to procure  adequate  financial  support  for the school district.
  5. I will represent  the entire school district rather than individual  electors,  patrons  or groups.
  6.  I will not regard the school district facilities  as my own private property  but as the property of the people.

IN MY RELATIONSHIP   WITH SUPERINTENDENT  AND EMPLOYEES

  1. I will function,  in meeting  the legal responsibility  that is mine, as a part of a legislative, policy-forming  body, not as an administrative  officer.
  2. I will recognize  that it is my responsibility,  together  with that of my fellow board members,  to see the school district is properly  run and not to run them myself.
  3. I will expect the school district to be administered  by the best-trained  technical  and professional  people it is possible  to procure within the financial  resources  of the school district.
  4. I will recognize  the superintendent  as executive  officer of the board.
  5. I will work through  the administrative  employees  of the board, not over or around  them.
  6. I will expect the superintendent  to keep the board adequately  informed  through  oral and written reports.
  7. I will vote to employ employees  only after the recommendation   of the superintendent  has been received.
  8. I will insist that contracts  be equally binding  on teachers  and the board.
  9. I will give the superintendent  power commensurate  with the superintendent's   responsibility and will not in any way interfere  with, or seek to undermine,  the superintendent's authority.
  10. I will give the superintendent  friendly counsel  and advice.
  11.  I will present any personal  criticism  of employees  to the superintendent.
  12.  I will refer complaints  to the proper administrative  officer.

TO COOPERATE  WITH OTHER  SCHOOL  BOARDS

  1. I will not employ  a superintendent,  principal  or teacher  who is already  under contract  with another  school district without first securing  assurance  from the proper authority  that the person can be released  from contract.
  2. I will consider  it unethical  to pursue  any procedure  calculated  to embarrass  a neighboring board or its representatives.
  3. I will not recommend  an employee  for a position  in another school district unless I would employ  the employee  under similar circumstances.
  4. I will answer  all inquiries  about the standing  and ability of an employee  to the best of my knowledge  and judgment,  with complete  frankness.
  5. I will associate  myself with board  members  of other school districts  for the purpose  of discussing  school district  issues and cooperating  in the improvement  of the education program.

Legal Reference:           

     Iowa Code ßß 21.6(3)(d);  68B; 69; 277.28;  279.8 (1995).

 

Cross Reference:                       

     202  Board of Directors  Member

 

Approved:  10/14/96                                                   Reviewed:      9/18/2017                                             Revised: