The school board has a new ethics policy.
The board approved the new code of ethics last week. The code is being recommended for adoption statewide by the N.C. School Boards Association.
The code says that board members shall "remember always that a board member's first and greatest concern must be the educational welfare of the students attending the public schools.
Among the 12 points, board members shall "render all decisions based on the available facts and independent judgment and refuse to surrender that judgment to individuals or special interest groups."
There's no penalty for violating any part of the policy.
Interestingly during last week's committee of the whole discussion, Beverley Clark said that board members have engaged in actions that would violate the new code. When asked afterward, she declined to elaborate on her statement.
Click here to view the new code of ethics.