Board members will strive to improve public education, and to that end will:

●  Attend all Board meetings insofar as possible, and become informed concerning the issues to be considered at those meetings;

●  Recognize that decisions should be made only after discussion at publicly held Board meetings;

●  Render all decisions based on the available facts and 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 expressions of public reaction to Board policies and school programs;

●  Be informed about current educational issues by individual study and through participation in programs providing needed information, such as those sponsored by state and national school boards associations;

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

●  Avoid being placed in a position of conflict of interest, and refrain from using their Board position for personal or partisan gain;

●  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 a Board member's first and greatest concern must be the educational welfare of the students attending the public schools.

Adopted:  date of Manual adoption