Ethics for School Board Members

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

Equity in attitude

  • I will be fair, just, and impartial in all my decisions and actions.
  • I will accord others the respect I wish for myself.
  • I will encourage expressions of different opinions and listen with an open mind to others' ideas.

Trustworthiness in stewardship

  • I will be accountable to the public by representing District policies, programs, priorities and progress accurately.
  • I will be responsive to the community by seeking its involvement in District affairs and by communicating its priorities and concerns.
  • I will work to ensure prudent and accountable use of District resources.
  • I will make no personal promise or take private action that may compromise my performance of my responsibilities.

Honor in conduct

  • I will tell the truth.
  • I will share my views while working for consensus.
  • I will respect the majority decision as the decision of the Board.
  • I will base my decisions on fact rather than supposition, opinion, or public favor.

Integrity of character 

  • I will refuse to surrender judgment to any individual or group at the expense of the District as a whole.
  • I will consistently uphold all applicable laws, rules, policies, and governance procedures.
  • I will keep confidential information that is privileged by law or that will needlessly harm the District if disclosed.

Commitment to service

  • I will focus my attention on fulfilling the Board's responsibilities of goal setting, policymaking, and evaluation.
  • I will diligently prepare for and attend Board meetings.
  • I will seek continuing education that will enhance my ability to fulfill my duties effectively.

Student-centered focus

  • I will be continuously guided by what is best for all students of the District.


Questions? Call 800.580.8272, extension 6161 or e-mail lts@tasb.org.