We all subscribe to the
of Conduct for School Board Members|
(Illinois Association of School
As a member of my local school board,
I will do my utmost to represent the public interest in education by
adhering to the following standards and principles:
1. I will
represent all school district constituents honestly and equally and refuse to surrender my responsibilities to special interest or partisan
2. I will avoid any conflict of interest or
the appearance of impropriety which could result from my position, and
will not use my board membership for personal gain or
3. I will recognize that a board member has no legal authority
as an individual and that decisions can be made only by a majority vote
at a board meeting.
4. I will take no private action that might
compromise the board or administration and will respect the
confidentiality of privileged information.
5. I will abide by majority
decisions of the board, while retaining the right to seek changes in
such decisions through ethical and constructive channels.
6. I will
encourage and respect the free expression of opinion by my fellow board
members and will participate in board discussions in an open, honest and respectful manner, honoring differences of opinion or
7. I will prepare for, attend and actively participate in
school board meetings.
8. I will be sufficiently informed about and
prepared to act on the specific issues before the board, and remain
reasonably knowledgeable about local, state, national, and global
9. I will respectfully listen to those who communicate
with the board, seeking to understand their views, while recognizing my
responsibility to represent the interests of the entire
10. I will strive for a positive working relationship with the
superintendent, respecting the superintendent’s authority to advise the
board, implement board policy, and administer the district.
I will model continuous learning and work to ensure good governance by taking advantage of board member development opportunities, such as those sponsored by my state and national school board associations, and encourage my fellow board members to do the same.
12. I will strive
to keep my board focused on its primary work of clarifying the district
purpose, direction and goals, and monitoring district performance.