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GP 2c - Board Members’ Code of Conduct

Policy Type: Governance Process

Policy Title: Board Members’ Code of Conduct

Date Adopted: June 13, 2019
Date Reviewed: November 17, 2023
Date Amended:

The Board commits itself and its members to ethical, professional, and lawful conduct, including proper use of authority and appropriate decorum when acting as Board members.

  1. Members must have loyalty to the ownership; be un-conflicted by loyalties to staff, other organizations, and any personal interest as a client.
  2. Members must avoid conflict of interest with respect to their fiduciary responsibility.
    1. There must be no self-dealing or business by a member with the organization. Members will annually disclose their involvements with other organizations, with vendors, or any associations that might be or might reasonably be seen as being a conflict.
    2. A Board member who has an unavoidable conflict of interest regarding any Board discussions/decisions, shall withdraw from the deliberation as well as any vote.
    3. Board members will not use their positions to obtain or influence employment in the organization for themselves, or any family member or associate.
  3. Board members may not attempt to exercise individual authority over the organization.
    1. Members’ interaction with the Superintendent or with staff must recognize the lack of authority vested in individuals except when explicitly Board-authorized.
    2. Members' interaction with the public, press or other entities must recognize the same limitation and the inability of any Board member to speak for the Board.
    3. Except for participation in Board deliberation about whether the Superintendent has achieved any reasonable interpretation of Board policy, members will not express individual judgments of employee performance, including the Superintendent.
  4. Members will respect appropriate confidentiality regarding issues of a sensitive nature.
  5. Members will be properly prepared for Board deliberation.
  6. Members will support the legitimacy and authority of the final determination of the Board on any matter, regardless of the member’s personal position on the issue.


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