Adoption Date: 10/8/1970, Revised: 7/19/1994; 12/20/94; 6/20/00; 7/26/05
1000 - BY-LAWS


Members of the Brockport Central School District Board of Education will strive to provide a high level public education, and to that end will:

  • Attend all regularly scheduled board meetings insofar as possible, and become informed concerning the issues to be considered at those meetings.
  • Endeavor to make policy decisions only after full discussion at publicly held board meetings.
  • Render all decisions based on the available facts and independent judgment and refuse to surrender that judgment to individuals and special interest groups.
  • Encourage the free expression of opinion by all board members and seek systematic communications between the board, students, staff and all elements of the community.
  • Work with other board members to establish effective board policies and to delegate authority for the administration of the schools to the superintendent.
  • Communicate to other board members and the superintendent expressions of public reaction to board policies and school programs.
  • Inform oneself about current educational issues by individual study and through programs providing needed information, such as those sponsored by NYSSBA and the National School Boards Association.
  • Support the employment of those persons best qualified to serve as school staff and insist on a regular and impartial evaluation of all staff.
  • Avoid being placed in a position of conflict of interest.
  • Take no private action that will compromise the board or administration and respect the confidentiality of information that is privileged under applicable law.
  • Remember always that the first and greatest concern must be the educational welfare of the students attending the public schools.

In addition to these overriding principles, a School Board member, operating under the highest ethical standards, should:

  • Assure the opportunity for high-quality education for every student;
  • Observe state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to education;
  • Accept office as a Board member as a means of unselfish service;
  • Take official actions only in public sessions, unless otherwise authorized by law;
  •  Represent the entire community;
  •  Remember at all times the Board member is one of an educational team;
  •  Maintain confidentiality of privileged information;
  • Recognize that the strength of a School Board is as a Board, not as individuals;
  • Delegate authority to the Superintendent as the Board's Chief Executive Officer and confine Board action to policy making, planning, and appraisal;
  • Employ only competent, trained personnel;
  • Preserve the obligation of having controversial issues presented fairly and without bias;
  • Instill respect toward our Country and to each other;
  • Endeavor to make policy decisions only after full discussion at publicly held Board meetings; 
  • Render all decisions based on the available facts and independent judgment.

Policy References:
New York State School Boards

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