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203.1 Board of Directors’ Code of Ethics

Members of the Board of Directors, as public officials, should strive to perform all the duties of office in an ethical manner.

In general, the Board members should operate within the code of ethics established by the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB). The IASB Code of Ethics states:

Board members’ actions, verbal and nonverbal, reflect the attitude and the beliefs of the school district. Therefore, board members must conduct themselves professionally and in a manner fitting to their position.

Each board member shall follow the code of ethics stated in this policy.


1. I will listen.

2. I will respect the opinion of others.

3. I will recognize the integrity of my predecessors and associates and the merit of their work.

4. I will be motivated only by an earnest desire to serve my school district and the children of

   my school district community in the best possible way.

5. I will not use the school district or any part of the school district program for my own

    personal advantage or for the advantage of my friends or supporters.

6. I will vote for a closed session of the board if the situation requires it, but I will consider

   “star chamber” or “secret” sessions of board members unethical.

7. I will recognize that to promise in advance of a meeting how I will vote on any proposition

    which is to be considered is to close my mind and agree not to think through other facts and

    points of view which may be presented in the meeting.

8.  I will expect, in board meetings, to spend more time on education programs and procedures

    than on business details.

9.  I will recognize that authority rests with the board in legal session and not with individual

     members of the board, except as authorized by law.

10. I will make no disparaging remarks, in or out of the board meeting, about other members

      of the board or their opinions.

11. I will express my honest and most thoughtful opinions frankly in board meetings in an

      effort to have decisions made for the best interests of the children and the education


12. I will insist that the members of the board participate fully in board action and recommend

      that when special committees are appointed, they serve only in an investigative and advisory


13. I will abide by majority decisions of the board.

14. I will carefully consider petitions, resolutions and complaints and will act in the best

      interests of the school district.

15. I will not discuss the confidential business of the board in my home, on the street or in my

      office; the place for such discussion is the board meeting.

16. I will endeavor to keep informed on local, state and national educational developments of

      significance so I may become a better board member.





1. I will consider myself a trustee of public education and will do my best to protect it,

    conserve it, and advance it, giving to the children of my school district community the

    educational facilities that are as complete and adequate as it is possible to provide.

2. I will consider it an important responsibility of the board to interpret the aims, methods and

    attitudes of the school district to the community.

3. I will earnestly try to interpret the needs and attitudes of the school district community and

    do my best to translate them into the education program of the school district.

4. I will attempt to procure adequate financial support for the school district.

5. I will represent the entire school district rather than individual electors, patrons or groups.

6. I will not regard the school district facilities as my own private property but as the property

    of the people.




1. I will function, in meeting the legal responsibility that is mine, as a part of a legislative,

    policy-forming body, not as an administrative officer.

2. I will recognize that it is my responsibility, together with that of my fellow board members,

    to see the school district is properly run and not to run them myself.

3. I will expect the school district to be administered by the best-trained technical and

    professional people it is possible to procure within the financial resources of the school


4. I will recognize the superintendent as executive officer of the board.

5. I will work through the administrative employees of the board, not over or around them.

6. I will expect the superintendent to keep the board adequately informed through oral and

    written reports.

7. I will vote to employ employees only after the recommendation of the superintendent has

    been received.

8. I will insist that contracts be equally binding on teachers and the board.

9. I will give the superintendent power commensurate with the superintendent’s responsibility

   and will not in any way interfere with, or seek to undermine, the superintendent’s authority.

10. I will give the superintendent friendly counsel and advice.

11. I will present any personal criticism of employees to the superintendent.

12. I will refer complaints to the proper administrative officer.




1. I will not employ a superintendent, principal or teacher who is already under contract with

   another school district without first securing assurance from the proper authority that the

    person can be released from contract.

2. I will consider it unethical to pursue any procedure calculated to embarrass a

    neighboring board or its representatives.

3. I will not recommend an employee for a position in another school district unless I would

    employ the employee under similar circumstances.

4. I will answer all inquiries about the standing and ability of an employee to the best of my

    knowledge and judgment, with complete frankness.

5. I will associate myself with board members of other school districts for the purpose of

    discussing school district issues and cooperating in the improvement of the education program.



Approved: 11/14/67

Reviewed: 1/14/19

Revised: 8/13/12; 2/11/13