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Policy 4

Trustee Code of Ethics

Background

RATIONALE

The Board of Education is fundamental to the effectiveness of a public education system responsible for the development of young people through education. As a result of being elected to public office, members of the Board exercise powers and responsibilities as a matter of public trust.

The Board's ability to influence public policy in matters of education is related to the public perception of the Board as an effective corporate entity through its conduct of the public business. Therefore, it is important that the Board and its individual members operate in an ethical and business-like manner.

POLICY

Desirous of operating under the highest standards, the Board of Education believes that all Trustees should be bound by an appropriate code of ethics and, therefore, shall require all Trustees to adhere to the following:

  1. Confidentiality

    1. Trustees will deal appropriately with sensitive issues and maintain the confidentiality of discussions that take place during in-camera sessions.

  2. Decision Making

    1. Trustees will regard the well-being of every student as their primary obligation and will make decisions with regard to the individual needs of all children, regardless of ability, race, sex, creed, social standing, or challenging conditions
    2. Trustees will base decisions upon all available facts in each situation and vote their honest and unbiased conviction in every case recognizing that their primary duty is to represent the district in the best interests of the learning of all students and the broader community.
    3. Trustees will respect and abide by the majority decisions made by the Board.

  3. Ethical & Respectful Behaviour

    1. Trustees will maintain the highest standards of civility and respect accorded to public office and refrain from unwarranted criticism of fellow Board members or district employees.
    2. Trustees will work with fellow Board members in a spirit of harmony and cooperation and will encourage full and open discussions in all matters.
    3. Trustees will not withhold or conceal any information or matter which might impact the division.
  1. Legal Authority

    1. As individuals, Trustees will have no Board authority outside the meetings of the Board unless the Board has so delegated.
  1. Integrity

    1. Trustees will do everything possible to maintain the integrity, confidence and dignity of the office of School Board Trustee and will not use their position for personal advantage of for the advantage of friends and/or family.

  2. Inclusivity

    1. Trustees will welcome and encourage active participation by community residents, organizations, learners, parents, and staff in the district in order to develop and support the best programs which meet the educational needs of all learners.

  3. Responsibility

    1. Each Trustee will devote time, thought and study of the issues in order to provide effective decision making and creditable service.
    2. Trustees will endeavour to effect positive change for all students and for the education system by acting as advocates for public education.
    3. Trustees will assume their duties with diligence by making every effort to attend all Board meetings and serving on standing committees as approved by the Board.
  1. Duty of the Board

    1. The primary function of the Board is to establish the policies by which the school division is administered. The day-to-day administration of the educational program and the conduct of the school operations is the responsibility of the Superintendent of schools and division staff.

  2. Financial Stewardship

    1. Trustees acknowledge that the expenditure of funds is a community trust and will endeavour to see that funds are expended efficiently, economically, and in the best interest of the learners. Trustees shall carry out this function in an open and collaborative manner.

  3. Conflict of Interest
    1. Whenever a decision is required on any matter, Trustees are to declare any conflict of interest and will not participate in, vote on, or exert any influence on, the decision in which the Trustee has a conflict of interest.


Revised: September 16, 2016

Reference: Section 60, School Act