Board Signs SCSBA Ethical Principles

Board Signs SCSBA Ethical Principles
Posted on 01/17/2019

As part of School Board Recognition Month in South Carolina, Florence County School District Three’s Board of Trustees signed a copy of the South Carolina School Boards Association’s ethical principles.

The signed copy of the ethical principles will be framed and hung in the board room at the district office.

The ethical principles state:

As a member of my district’s school board, I pledge my efforts to improve public education in my community and will solemnly try to:

represent the interests of the entire district when making decisions and to rely on available facts and on our judgment rather than on individuals or special interest groups;

understand the proper role of the board to set policies governing the district and to hire the chief administrative officer to carry out these policies;

encourage an open exchange of ideas by all board members during the decision-making process;

seek regular communications between the board and students, staff and all segments of the community;

attend all board meetings, to study issues facing the board and to enact policies and official actions only after full discussion at such meetings;

work with other board members in a conscientious and courteous manner befitting the public trust placed in the position of school board trustee;

communicate concerns and public reaction to board policies and school programs to the superintendent and other board members in a professional manner;

support employment of the persons best qualified for staff positions and to ensure a regular and impartial evaluation of all staff;

avoid conflicts of interest and to refrain from using my board position for personal or partisan gain; encourage recognition of the achievements of students and staff and of the involvement of community residents;

support legislation and funding which will improve the educational opportunities and environment for students and staff;

take no individual action which would compromise the integrity of the board or administration and to respect the confidentiality of information that is privileged under the Freedom of Information Act;

study current educational issues and to participate in training programs such as those offered through the South Carolina School Boards Association and the National School Boards Association;

and make our district’s educational setting the best possible to encourage all students to achieve and to love learning.

Image of board members with signed copy of ethical principles