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The Role of the School Board

Role of the School Board: Welcome

Being a Board Member

"The role and function of board members often are misinterpreted by the public. The board is a policymaking body and members are the chief advisors to the superintendent on community attitudes," according to the Ohio School Board Association.

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Code of Ethics for Board Members

While serving as a member of my board of education, I will accept the responsibility to improve education. To that end I will:

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

  • Obey the laws of Ohio and the United States;

  • Respect the confidentiality of privileged information;

  • Recognize that as an individual board member I have no authority to speak or act for the board;

  • Work with other members to establish effective board policies;

  • Delegate authority for the administration of the schools to the superintendent and staff;

  • Encourage ongoing communications among board members, the board, students, staff, and the community;

  • Render all decisions based on the available facts and my independent judgment rather than succumbing to the influence of individuals or special interest groups;

  • Make every effort to attend all board meetings;

  • Become informed concerning the issues to be considered at each meeting;

  • Improve my boardmanship by studying educational issues and by participating in in-service programs;

  • Support the employment of staff members based on qualifications and not as a result of influence;

  • Cooperate with other board members and administrators to establish a system of regular and impartial evaluations of all staff;

  • Avoid conflicts of interest or the appearance thereof;

  • Refrain from using my board position for benefit of myself, family members or business associates;

  • Express my personal opinions but, once the board has acted, accept the will of the majority.

Adopted by the OSBA Delegate Assembly November 11, 1991

Role of the School Board: Text
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