The School Board of Miami-Dade County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the Bylaws and Policies of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were adopted on May 11, 2011 and were in effect beginning July 1, 2011.
 

6905 - DEFENSE AND INDEMNIFICATION OF BOARD MEMBERS AND SUPERINTENDENT

In addition to any insurance coverage provided by the School Board to Board members and the Superintendent, the Board shall indemnify and defend the Board members and the Superintendent to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law. The Board will indemnify and defend Board members and the Superintendent if and whenever a Board member or the Superintendent is involved in any manner (including, without limitation, as a party or as a witness) in any threatened, pending, or completed civil or criminal proceeding arising out of and in the course of performance of assigned duties and responsibilities.

The defense and indemnification obligations of the Board shall include a full defense and indemnification for any and all reasonable expenses and fees incurred by a Board member or the Superintendent or on their behalf in connection with the investigation, defense, settlement or appeal of any such proceeding. No initial finding by the Board, its counsel, independent counsel, or any other person or body shall deprive any Board member or the Superintendent of defense and indemnification.

Notwithstanding the obligation of the Board to pay for the defense and indemnification, Board members and the Superintendent retain the right to select the counsel of their choice at reasonable expenses and fees and oversee, direct and control every aspect of the defense, settlement or appeal of any civil or criminal proceeding.

In any case in which a Board member or the Superintendent pleads guilty or nolo contendere, is found guilty or personally liable as provided in F.S. 111.07, as may be amended, in any such action, a Board member or the Superintendent shall reimburse the Board for any reasonable legal fees and expenses which the Board may have supplied.