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202.10 Code of Ethics

The Ankeny Community School District Board of Education is committed to ensuring the public, staff and students that school board members will be consistent, reliable, principled, and fair in the governance of the district.  In accordance with this belief and by adoption of this policy, each board member commits to following the Code of Ethics.

Board Members:

  • Will listen and respect the opinion of others.
  • Will be motivated only by an earnest desire to serve the school district as a whole and their community’s students in the best possible way.
  • Will recognize that authority rests with the board in legal session and not with individual members of the board, except where authorized by law.
  • Will abide by majority decisions of the board.
  • Will expect, in board meetings, to focus time on providing the best possible learning for district students.
  • Will remain open-minded and objectively listen to facts presented at the board table prior to voting.
  • Will recognize our responsibility is governance and not management.
  • Will abide by all policies adopted by the board, including the chain of command and meeting procedures.
  • Will recognize the superintendent as executive officer of the board and empower him or her to administer the educational program and student learning.
  • Will provide oversight for the financial stability of the district balanced with the need for an effective educational program.
  • Will respect confidentiality, when required by law.
  • Will be trustees of public education and do their best to protect it, conserve it, and advance it.
  • Will abide by the oath of office, federal law, and state law.
  • Will assure the opportunity for high quality education for every student.

Legal Reference:                
Iowa Code § 21 (Open Meetings)   
Iowa Code § 68B (Government Ethics and Lobbying)
Iowa Code § 69 (Vacancies – Removal – Terms)
Iowa Code § 71.1 (Employments prohibited)
Iowa Code § 277.28 (Oath Required)
Iowa Code § 279.7A (Interest in public contracts prohibited – exceptions)
Iowa Code § 279.8 (General rules – bonds of employees)
Iowa Code § 301.28 (Officers and teachers as agents for books and supplies – penalty)

Cross Reference:
202 Series Specific Duties of the Board
202.60 Conflicts of Interest
Policy Primer, Vol. 26, Number 1, October 5, 2017

Adopted:
January 5, 1987

Reviewed:
November 17, 1997
December 1, 2008
October 21, 2013
December 18, 2017

Revised:
March 10, 2003
December 1, 2008
December 18, 2017