Shelby County Board of Education
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Issued Date: 03/31/11


The Board commits itself and its members to ethical, businesslike and lawful conduct, including proper use of authority and appropriate decorum when acting as Board members.


  1. Board members will represent the interests of the citizens of the entire school district. This accountability to the whole district supersedes, as examples, but is not limited to:
    1. any conflicting loyalty a member may have to other advocacy or interest groups;
    2. loyalty based upon membership on other boards or staffs;
    3. conflicts based upon the personal interest of any Board member who is also a parent of a student in the district;
    4. conflicts based upon being a relative of an employee of the district; or
    5. conflicts based upon the member's election from a subsection of the district.


  1. Board members may not attempt to exercise individual authority over the organization.
    1. Members' interaction with the Superintendent and with staff must recognize the lack of authority vested in individuals except when explicitly authorized by the Board.
    2. Members' interaction with the public, press or other entities must recognize the same limitation and the inability of any Board member to speak for the Board except to repeat explicitly-stated Board decisions.
    3. Members will not publicly express individual negative judgments about Superintendent or staff performance outside the formal evaluation process. Any such judgments of Superintendent or staff performance will be made only by the full Board.


  1. Members shall maintain confidentiality appropriate to sensitive issues and information that otherwise may tend to compromise the integrity or legal standing of the board.