Board Members' Code of Conduct

    Policy type: Governance Process
    Policy code: GP-7

    The Board commits itself and its members to ethical, businesslike and lawful conduct, including proper use of authority and appropriate decorum when acting as Board members.


      1. Board members will represent the interests of the citizens of the entire school district. This accountability to the whole district supersedes:
        1. Any conflicting loyalty a member may have to other advocacy or interest groups;
        2. Loyalty based upon membership on other boards or staffs;
        3. Conflicts based upon the personal interest of any Board member.
      2. Board members may not attempt to exercise individual authority over the organization.
        1. Members' interaction with the CEO and with staff must recognize the lack of authority vested in individuals except when explicitly authorized by the Board.
        2. Members' interaction with the public, press or other entities must recognize the same limitation and the inability of any Board member to speak for the Board except to repeat explicitly-stated Board decisions.
        3. Members will not publicly express individual negative judgments about CEO or staff performance. Any such judgments of CEO or staff performance will be made only by the full Board, meeting in executive session.
      3. Members shall maintain confidentiality appropriate to sensitive issues and information that otherwise may tend to compromise the integrity or legal standing of the board, especially those matters discussed in statutorily authorized executive session.
      4. Board members will comply with basic open government training requirements including:
        1. Open public meetings training;
        2. Records training; and
        3. Records retention training, including electronic records. Board members will follow GP-11, Board Use of Electronic Resources, Board Acceptable Use Procedures.



    GP-11 Board use of Electronic Resources, Board Acceptable Use Procedures

    Monitoring Method: Board self-assessment
    Monitoring Frequency: Annually

    Lake Washington School District Board of Directors

    Formal portraits of the LWSD School Board members

    Governance Process

    Board CEO Relationship

    District superintendent and two board members during board meetingThese policies describe the delegation of authority by the Board to its CEO and clarify the relationship between the two. Organizational performance is considered identical to CEO performance.

    Executive Limitations

    Superintendent reads to a group of elementary school studentsThese policies state the limitations imposed by the Board on the strategies and methods the superintendent and his or her staff may use, as they work to achieve the specified outcomes identified in the Ends Policies. The executive limitations establish the boundaries and operating expectations for staff.

    End Results

    Juanita High School graduates after their graduation ceremonyThese policies define the end results desired for our students and what they are expected to know and be able to do as a result of their educational experience. Ends Results policies are based on the Lake Washington School District Mission, Vision, Student Profile and Guiding Principles.