Serving on a Board is not an activity in which many school Board members and fewer members
of the public have extensive experience. It is not the same as working within an organization or
simply being a member of a group. As a consequence, there can be many opportunities for a
Board member to engage in actions that can create inefficiencies within the organization or lead
to unnecessary difficulties—often in a spirit of goodwill and with the intent to be helpful.
To expedite effective service for its members and to ensure that they function cohesively as a
corporate body and efficiently with the administration, Boards generally develop certain
guidelines and parameters for Board member behavior.
To assist Board members in complying with legal obligations and to encourage cohesive and
efficient operations by the Board, the Board has developed a Code of Conduct for its members
and has established additional guidelines for Board member actions.
These guidelines are intended to help Board members perform their duties efficiently, in the spirit
of open government and corporate boardsmanship, and in a manner that assists the public while
not creating unnecessary burdens for District staff.