Code or Ethics for School Board Members

  • The National School Boards Association Board endorses the following code for local school board members.

    As a member of my local Board of Education, I will strive to improve public education, and to that end I will:
    • Attend all regularly scheduled board meetings insofar as possible and become informed concerning the issues to be considered at those meetings;

    • Recognize that I should endeavor to make policy decisions only after full discussion at publicly held board meetings;

    • Render all decisions based on the available facts and my independent judgment and refuse to surrender that judgment to individuals or special-interest groups;

    • Encourage the free expression of opinion by all board members and seek systematic communications between the board and students, staff and all elements of the community; • Work with other board members to establish effective board policies and to delegate authority for the administration of the schools to the superintendent;

    • Communicate to other board members and the superintendent expression of public reaction to board policies and school programs;

    • 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 boards association;

    • Support the employment of those persons best qualified to serve as school staff, and insist on a regular and impartial evaluation of all staff;

    • Avoid being placed in a position of conflict of interest;

    • Take no private action that will compromise the board or administration and respect the confidentiality of information that is privileged under applicable law; and

    • Remember always that my first and greatest concern must be the educational welfare of the students attending the public schools.

    Policy History:
    Approved by the Board April 19, 1979
    Reviewed and Approved by the Board February 2, 1996
    Reviewed and Approved by the Board November 10, 1999