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Board Ethics

FY 2017

Course Description

Course Outline

I. Course Overview
II. Roles and Responsibilities
A. What does a school board member do?
III. School Board Member Ethics
IV. Legal Requirements
A. Code of Ethics
B. Conflict of Interest
C. Trouble Spots
D. Consequences
V. Ethics Knowledge Check #1
VI. Ethics Case Studies
A. Personnel Employment
1. Wrap-Up
B. "The Basketball Coach"
1. Personnel / Student Records
C. School Board Meetings
D. Contracts
VII. Conclusion
A. Ethics Knowledge Check #2
Course Length : 2 Hours
Board Training Credit : 2 Hours
Location : Online Course
Registration Fee : $100
  • Domain I : Governance Structure
    • Standard A : The governance leadership team is comprised of the local board of education and the superintendent, and adheres to appropriate roles and responsibilities, as defined in the state constitution, state law, local act and board policy.
    • Standard C : The board acts as a policy-making body separate from the roles and responsibilities authorized to the superintendent.
    • Standard B : The governance leadership team demonstrates a unified approach to governing the school system in order to assure effective fulfillment of roles and responsibilities.
  • Domain IV : Board and Community Relations
    • Standard A : The governance leadership team develops a process for creating a culture where input is sought, heard, and valued.
    • Standard B : The board develops policies to ensure effective communication and engagement of all stakeholders’ which support the strategic plan, desired culture and continuous improvement of the school system.
    • Standard C : The governance leadership team ensures processes that develop, communicate and maintain procedures for communications by stakeholders which result in resolution of issues and concerns supporting the strategic plan, desired culture and continuous improvement of the school system.
  • Domain V : Policy Development
    • Standard A : The board of education adopts, revises, and follows written policies that are clear, up-to-date, and in compliance with the school system’s strategic plan, state constitution, state and federal laws and state board rules.
  • Domain VI : Board Meetings
    • Standard A : The board announces and holds meetings in accordance with local board policy and the Open Meetings Law (O.C.G.A. §50-14-1).
  • Domain VII : Personnel
    • Standard A : The board of education employs a superintendent who acts as the Executive Officer of the school system.
    • Standard B : The board of education evaluates the professional performance of the superintendent.
    • Standard C : The board adopts personnel policy that is implemented by the superintendent.
  • Domain VIII : Financial Governance
    • Standard A : The board of education upon recommendation of the superintendent adopts a budget that adheres to State law provisions and consistent with its strategic plan.
    • Standard B : The board of education adopts policy for sound fiscal management and monitors the implementation of the budget in accordance with state laws and regulations.
  • Domain IX : Ethics
    • Standard A : The board of education adheres to, adopts and practices a Code of Ethics, avoids conflicts of interest, and annually reviews ethical standards to ensure and enhance governance structure and organizational effectiveness.