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Oakdale Jt. USD |  BB  9005  Board Bylaws

Governance Standards   

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The Board of Education 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. 2110 - Superintendent Responsibilities and Duties)

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

(cf. 9200 - Limits of Board Member Authority)

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 trust and integrity

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

5. Govern within Board-adopted policies and procedures

(cf. 9310 - Board Policies)

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)

Code of Ethics

A code of ethics is an expression of those personal ideals which should guide an individual's daily activities.

In all my actions as a school Board member, my first commitment is to the well-being of our youth. My primary responsibility is to each student-regardless of race, creed, color, sex, or national origin.

I also have major commitments to:

* The community - I am responsible to all citizens of the district and not solely to those who elected me; nor to any organization of which I may be a member, or which may have supported my election.

* Individuals - I have a direct concern for every individual in the school community. As an integral part of my duties, I represent the authority of majority and must be exercised with as much care and concern for the least influential member of the community.

* Employees - My actions as a Board member may affect the capability of district employees to practice their trade or profession and should encourage their increasing competence and professional growth.

* Laws, policies - I must be aware of, and comply with, the Constitutions of the state and nation, the Education Code of the State of California, other laws pertaining to public education, and the established policies of the district.

* Decision-making - It is my obligation, under the law, to participate in decisions pertaining to education in the district. As an elected representative of the people, I can neither relinquish nor delegate this responsibility to any other individual or group.

* Individual feelings and philosophy - Like every other individual, I have something to contribute to society.

Understanding and acting upon the foregoing premises, I shall:

* Be constantly aware that I have no legal authority except when I am acting as a member of the Board. I shall present my concerns and concepts through the process of Board debate and, if in the minority on any decision, I shall abide by and support the majority of the decision. When I am in the majority, I shall respect divergent opinions.

* Encourage ideas and opinions from the citizens of the district and endeavor to incorporate their views in the deliberations and decisions of the Board.

* Devote sufficient time, thought, and study to proposed actions to be able to base my decisions upon all available facts and vote my honest convictions unswayed by partisan bias of any kind.

* Remember that the basic functions of the Board are to establish the policies by which the schools of the district are to be administered and to select the Superintendent and staff who will implement those policies.

* Promote and participate actively in a concerted program of timely exchange of information with all citizens, parents/guardians, employees, and students of the district.

* Recognize that the deliberations of the Board in Closed Session are not mine to release or discuss. They may be released or discussed in public only with the approval of the Board.

* Avail myself of opportunities for enlargement of my potential as a Board member through participation in educational conferences, workshops and training sessions made available by local, state and national agencies.

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: October 11, 2010 Oakdale, California