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Antelope Valley Union HSD |  BB  9005  Board Bylaws

Governance Standards   

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The Board of Trustees believes that its primary responsibility is to act in the best interests of every student in the district. The Board also has major commitments to parents guardians, all members of the community, employees, the state of California, laws pertaining to public education, and established policies of the district. To maximize Board effectiveness and public confidence in district governance, Board members are expected to govern responsibly and hold themselves to the highest standards of ethical conduct.

(cf. 9000 - Role of the Board)

(cf. 9270 - Conflict of Interest)

The Board expects its members to work with each other and the Superintendent to ensure that a high-quality education is provided to each student. Each individual Board member shall:

1. Keep learning and achievement for all students as the primary focus.

2. Value, support and advocate for public education.

(cf. 9010 - Public Statements)

3. Recognize and respect differences of perspective and style on the Board and among staff, students, parents and the community.

4. Act with dignity, and understand the implications of demeanor and behavior.

5. Keep confidential matters confidential.

(cf. 9011 - Disclosure of Confidential/Privileged Information)

6. Participate in professional development and commit the time and energy necessary to be an informed and effective leader.

(cf. 9240 - Board Development)

7. Understand the distinctions between Board and staff roles, and refrain from performing management functions that are the responsibility of the Superintendent and staff.

(cf. 2122 - Superintendent of Schools: Responsibilities and Duties)

8. Understand that authority rests with the Board as a whole and not with individuals.

(cf. 9200 - Members)

Board members also shall assume collective responsibility for building unity and creating a positive organizational culture. To operate effectively, the Board shall have a unity of purpose and:

1. Keep the district focused on learning and achievement for all students.

2. Communicate a common vision.

(cf. 0000 - Vision)

(cf. 0100 - Philosophy)

(cf. 0200 - Goals for the School District)

3. Operate openly, with trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship (support Pillars of Character Countssm)!

4. Govern in a dignified and professional manner, treating everyone with civility and respect.

5. Govern within Board-adopted policies and procedures.

(cf. 9311 - Board Policies)

(cf. 9312 - Board Bylaws)

6. Take collective responsibility for the Board's performance.

7. Periodically evaluate its own effectiveness.

(cf. 9400 - Board Self-Evaluation)

8. Ensure opportunities for the diverse range of views in the community to inform Board deliberations.

(cf. 1220 - Citizen Advisory Committees)

(cf. 9323 - Meeting Conduct)

Pursuing Victory with Honor

1. Make it clear as a Board that all employees are accountable for promoting sportsmanship and fostering good character by Teaching, Enforcing, Advocating, and Modeling the six pillars of character.

2. Adopt codes of conduct for coaches, athletes, parents, and spectators and make it clear that adherent to the codes is important.

3. Adopt a policy statement that the first priority of the student-athletes is a serious commitment to performing well in the classroom and getting the best education possible.

4. Make it clear as a Board that you value the quality and integrity of the athletic program. No one should be allowed to compromise the character development and ethical well-being of the student-athletes in order to win.

5. Ensure that coaches, whether paid or voluntary, are competent to coach. These minimum competencies must include basic knowledge of:

a. The character-building aspects of sports, including techniques and methods of teaching and reinforcing the core values comprising sportsmanship and good character.

b. The physical capabilities and limitations of the age group coached, as well as first aid.

c. Coaching principals related to educational philosophy, adolescent psychology, nutrition, risk management, and the rules and strategies of the sport.

6 School Board members hold a special place in the conduct of sports programs. Their presence at athletic events validates the athletes and staff. They are encouraged to attend events and take an active role in their conduct.

7. Take an active role with parents and community to insist upon behaviors that support students and coaches in their efforts to represent the school with character and integrity. Encourage the public to act responsibly and to encourage athletes to do their best and avoid criticism or taunting of coaches, athletes, game officials, or other participants in athletic events.

8. Urge pre-season meetings with coaches, athletes, and parents wherein the values and expectations of the Board and the district, as they relate to athletics as part of a student's education, are made clear and wherein specific unacceptable conduct and behavior is discussed and wherein open communication around standards is initiated.

Legal Reference:


35010 Power of governing board to adopt rules for its own governance

35160 Board authority to act in any manner not conflicting with law

35164 Actions by majority vote


1090 Financial interest in contract

1098 Disclosure of confidential information

1125-1129 Incompatible activities

54950-54963 The Ralph M. Brown Act

87300-87313 Conflict of interest code

Management Resources:


CSBA Professional Governance Standards, 2000

Maximizing School Board Leadership: Boardsmanship, 1996




adopted: August 22, 2001 Lancaster, California