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BP 9290

Board Bylaws

Code of Ethics


A code  of ethics is an expression of those personal ideals which should guide an individual’s daily activities.


In all my actions as a Board member, my first commitment is to the well-being of our youth.  My primary responsibility is to each student — regardless of race, creed, color, sex, or national origin.


I also have other major commitments to:


  • The Community.  I am responsible to all citizens of the county

and not solely to those who elected me; nor to any organization of

which I may be a member, or which may have supported my election.


  • Individuals.  I have a direct concern for every individual in the

county.  As an integral part of my duties, I represent the authority

and responsibility of government.  This represents the delegated

authority of the majority and must be exercised with as much care and

concern for the least influential as for the most influential member

of the county.


  • Employees.  My actions as a Board member may affect the capability of

county employees to practice their trade or profession and should

encourage their increasing competence and professional growth.


  • Laws, Policies.  I must be aware of, and comply with, the constitutions

of State and Nation, the Education Code of the State of California,

other laws pertaining to public education, and the established

policies of the San Benito County Board of Education.


  • Decision Making.  It is my obligation, under the law, to participate

in decisions pertaining to education in the county.  As an elected

representative of the people, I can neither relinquish nor delegate this

responsibility to any other individual or group.


  • Individual Feelings and Philosophy.  Like every other individual,

I have something to contribute to society.


From Boardsmanship, California School

Boards Association, 1979, pages viii

and ix.




Understanding and acting upon the foregoing premises, I shall:


  • Consider my position as a Board member as a public trust and not use

it for private advantage or personal gain.


  • Be constantly aware that I have no legal authority except when I am

acting as a member of the Board.  I shall present my concerns and

concepts through the process of Board debate and, if in the minority

on any decision, I shall abide by and support the majority decision.

When I am in the majority, I shall respect divergent opinions.


  • Encourage ideas and opinions from the citizens of the county and

endeavor to incorporate their views in the deliberations and decisions

of the Board.


  • Devote sufficient time, thought, and study to proposed actions to be

able to base my decisions upon all available facts and vote my honest

convictions unswayed by partisan bias of any kind.


  • Remember that the basic functions of the Board are to establish the

policies by which the San Benito County Office of Education is to be



  • Promote and participate actively in a concerted program of timely

exchange of information with all citizens, parents, employees and

students of the county.


  • Recognize that the deliberations of the Board in closed session are

not mine to release or discuss.  They may be released or discussed in

public only with the approval of the Board.


  • Avail myself of opportunities for enlargement of my potential as a

Board member through participation in educational conferences, work-

shops, and training sessions made available by local, state, and

national agencies.


From Boardsmanship, California School

Boards Association, 1979, pages viii

and ix.


Policy Adopted: 9-8-1981

Policy Revised:   8-26-1993