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Board members  shall not be held personally  liable for actions  taken in the performance  of their duties and responsibilities  vested in them by the laws of Iowa and the members  of the school district community.   In carrying  out the duties and responsibilities  of their office, board members  shall act in good faith.

The school district shall defend,  save harmless  and indemnify  board members  against tort claims or demands,  whether  groundless  or otherwise, arising out of an alleged  act or omission  occurring  within the scope of their official duties, unless it constitutes  a willful or wanton  act or omission.  However,  the school district shall not save harmless  or indemnify  board members  for punitive damages.




Legal Reference:           

     Wood v. Strickland,  420 U.S. 308 (1975).

     42 U.S.C. ßß 1983, 1985 (1988). Iowa Code ch. 670 (1995).


Cross Reference:           

     709  Insurance  Program



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