2:80 - Member of the Board of Education Oath and Conduct

Policy 2:80

Board of Education

Member of the Board of Education Oath and Code of Conduct

Oath:

Each member of the Board of Education, before taking his or her seat on the Board, shall take the following oath of office:

I, (name), do solemnly swear that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of member of the Board of Education Wilmette School District 39, in accordance with the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of Illinois, and the laws of the State of Illinois, to the best of my ability.

I further swear that:

    I shall respect taxpayer interests by serving as a faithful protector of the School District’s assets;
    I shall encourage and respect the free expression of opinion by my fellow members of the Board of Education and others who seek a hearing before the Board, while respecting the privacy of students and employees;
    I shall recognize that a member of the Board of Education has no legal authority as an individual and that decisions can be made only by a majority vote at a public Board meeting; and
    I shall abide by majority decisions of the Board, while retaining the right to seek changes in such decisions through ethical and constructive channels.

The Board President or President Pro Tempore will administer the oath in an open Board meeting; in the absence of the President, the Vice President will administer the oath. If neither is available, the member of the Board of Education with the longest service on the Board will administer the oath.

Member of the Board of Education Code of Conduct:

Members of the Board of Education will do their utmost to represent the public interest in education by adhering to the following standards and principles:

  1. Members of the Board of Education will represent all School District constituents honestly and equally and refuse to surrender responsibilities to special interests or partisan political groups.
  2. Members of the Board of Education will avoid any conflict of interest or the appearance of impropriety, which could result from being a member of the Board of Education and will not use Board membership for personal gain or publicity.
  3. Members of the Board of Education will recognize that they have no legal authority as an individual but that decisions can be made only by a majority vote at a Board meeting.
  4. Members of the Board of Education will take no private action that might compromise the Board or administration and will respect the confidentiality of privileged information.
  5. Members of the Board of Education will abide by majority decisions of the Board, while retaining the right to seek changes in such decisions through ethical and constructive channels.
  6. Members of the Board of Education will encourage and respect the free expression of opinions of fellow members of the Board of Education and will participate in Board discussions in an open, honest and respectful manner, honoring the differences of opinion and perspective.
  7. Members of the Board of Education 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 education issues.
  8. Members of the Board of Education will respectfully listen to those who communicate with the Board, seeking to understand their views, while recognizing the responsibility to represent the interests of the entire community.
  9. Members of the Board of Education will prepare for, attend and actively participate in School Board meetings.
  10. Members of the Board of Education 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.
  11. Members of the Board of Education will model continuous learning and work to ensure good governance by taking advantage of Board member development opportunities, such as those sponsored by State and national school board associations, and encourage my fellow members of the Board of Education to do the same.
  12. Members of the Board of Education will strive to keep the Board focused on its primary work of clarifying the District purpose, direction and goals, and monitoring District performance.

Adopted: October 20, 1997
Revised: March 20, 2006; January 25, 2016

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