Morgan County Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

0120 - POWERS AND ETHICS

0121

Authority

   
 

The supervision of the public schools of this County shall be conducted by the Board of Education, hereinafter sometimes referred to as the "Board", which is constituted and governed by 18-5-1, Code of West Virginia.

   

0122

Board Powers

   
 

The Board of Education shall be a corporation, and, as such, may prosecute and defend suits; plead and be impleaded; enter into contracts with individuals or legal entities; acquire, hold, possess, and dispose of real and personal property; take and hold in trust for the use and benefit of the County, any grant or devise of land and any donation or bequest of money or other personal property. 18-5-5, Code of West Virginia.

   
 

The power of this Board consists of those matters expressly granted by statute and those matters which may be necessarily implied from such powers specifically delegated as being necessary to carry them out.

   
 

The Board shall have the management and control of all the public schools in the County and the employees, students, and all other persons entering upon its school grounds or premises. 18-5-13, Code of West Virginia.

   

0123

Code of Ethics

   
 

While serving as a member of my Board of Education, I shall agree to abide by the following code of ethics promulgated by the West Virginia School Boards Association:

     
 

A.

attend all regular scheduled Board meetings insofar as possible, and become informed concerning the issues to be considered at those meetings;

     
 

B.

recognize that I should endeavor to make policy decisions only after full discussions at publicly held meetings;

     
 

C.

render all decisions based on the available facts and my independent judgment, and refuse to surrender that judgment to individuals or special interest groups;

     
 

D.

encourage the free expression of opinion by all Board members, and seek systematic communications between the Board and students, staff, and all elements of the community;

     
 

E.

work with other Board members to establish effective Board policies and to delegate authority for the administration of the schools to the Superintendent;

     
 

F.

communicate to other Board members and the Superintendent expressions of public reaction to Board policies and school programs;

     
 

G.

inform myself about current educational issues by individual study and through participation in programs providing needed information, such as those sponsored by my State and National School Boards Association;

     
 

H.

support the employment of those persons best qualified to serve as school staff, and to insist on a regular and impartial evaluation of all staff;

     
 

I.

avoid being placed in a position of conflict of interest;

     
 

J.

take no private action that will compromise the Board or administration, and respect the confidentiality of information that is privileged under applicable law;

     
 

K.

remember always that my first and greatest concern must be the educational welfare of the students attending the public schools.