BBF(LOCAL) - BOARD MEMBERS: ETHICS

CODE OF ETHICS

As a member of the Board, I shall promote the best interests of the District as a whole, and, to that end, I shall adhere to the following educational and ethical standards:

I shall be fair, just, and impartial in all my decisions and actions.

I shall avoid the appearance of conflict of interest and the appearance of impropriety. [See CAA(LOCAL)]

I shall be accountable to the public by representing District policies, programs, priorities, and progress accurately.

I shall base my actions around the foundation of the District's legal and ethical policies and procedures, including bringing about desired changes through legal and ethical means, consistently upholding and enforcing all laws, State Board of Education rules, and court orders pertaining to schools and the District.

I shall make decisions in terms of what is best for the educational welfare of all students in the District, regardless of an individual's age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, handicap or disability, marital status, religion, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression.

I shall recognize that decisions must be made by the Board as a whole and make no personal promise or take private action that may compromise the Board, the District, my performance, or my responsibilities.

I shall focus my attention on fulfilling the Board's responsibilities of policy making, goal setting, planning, and evaluation, and shall insist on regular and impartial evaluation of all staff members.

I shall support and protect school personnel in the proper performance of their duties who are acting in accordance with federal, state and local laws, Board policy, or other applicable criteria.

I shall hold confidential all matters that, if disclosed, may needlessly injure the District, individuals, or the schools, and respect the confidentiality of information that is privileged under applicable law.

I shall diligently prepare for and attend all regularly scheduled Board meetings insofar as possible and shall ensure I become informed concerning the issues to be considered at those meetings.

I shall avoid personal involvement in activities the Board has delegated to the Superintendent.

I shall endeavor to make decisions only after full discussion at publicly held Board meetings, rendering all decisions based on the available facts rather than supposition, opinion, or public favor. I shall share my views while working for consensus.

I shall refuse to surrender my judgment to individuals or special groups.

I shall encourage the free expression of opinion by all Board members and shall be responsive to the community by seeking its involvement in District affairs and by communicating the priorities and concerns of students, staff members, parents, teachers, and all elements of the community.

I shall truthfully communicate to Board members and the Superintendent, at appropriate times, expressions of public reaction to Board policies and school programs.

I shall seek continuing education that will enhance my ability to fulfill my duties effectively; including becoming 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 board associations.

I shall refrain from using my Board position for personal or partisan gain.

As a Board member, I shall remember always that I must remain focused on the educational welfare of all the students attending the public schools, and the prudent and accountable use of District resources.

Board member agreement to the standards herein shall be documented and agreed upon by his or her signing of BBF(EXHIBIT).

Houston ISD

BBF(LOCAL)-X

LDU 2012.12

DATE ISSUED: 12/20/2012