9000 - Responsibilities and Duties of Board of Education Members

Policy 9000

Bylaws of the Board

Responsibilities and Duties of Board of Education Members

The Board of Education should make every effort to sustain a high level of professionalism in the school system. In order to maintain appropriate standards it is essential that individual Board members exhibit civility, integrity, and a willingness to apply themselves wholeheartedly to the business of supporting and governing the school system. Board members have the following basic duties and responsibilities:

1.    To be aware of state school laws, regulations of the Department of Education, district policies, rules and regulations;

2.    To have a general knowledge of the educational aims and objectives of the system;

3.    To thoroughly prepare for Board meetings;

4.    To participate, if possible, in the various training opportunities that are offered locally, regionally, and nationally for Board members to become better informed Board members;

5.    To work harmoniously with other Board members without trying to either dominate or neglect one’s share of the work;

6.    To vote and act impartially in Board meetings for the good of the school district;

7.    To accept the will of the majority vote and give support to the resulting policy;

8.    To refer all suggestions and complaints from constituents to the Superintendent and, or Board, and to abstain from individual counsel and action;

9.    To understand the individual Board member has no authority when the Board is not in session unless authorized by the Board;

10.    To make no promise or commitment on school questions unless they are fully discussed and acted upon in a Board meeting;

11.    To hold confidential all matters properly discussed in executive session of the Board and all matters pertaining to the schools that, if discussed, might needlessly injure individuals or the schools;

12.    To immediately object to public matters that may be inappropriately brought up during executive session;
13.    To make every reasonable attempt to remedy any and all complaints and objections about procedures with members of the Board and the Superintendent before making them a matter of public controversy;

14.    To represent the Board and the district schools to the public in such a way as to promote both interest and support for public education in the community.

Legal Reference:    Connecticut General Statutes
1-200 Definitions
10-186 Duties of local and regional boards of education 10-220 Duties of boards of education.
10-221 Boards of education to prescribe rules 10-240 Control of schools
10-241 Powers of school districts

Adopted: 4/10/12
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