As a proud member of the Indiana School Boards Association (ISBA), local school board members take seriously their commitment to students, staff, the schools and community. The following is a portion of the School Board CODE OF ETHICS:
A School Board member should...
...honor the high responsibility that membership demands:
• BY thinking always in terms of children first.
• BY understanding that the basic function of the school board member is policy‐making and not administrative, and by accepting the responsibility of learning to distinguish between these two functions.
...demonstrate respectful relationships with other members of the Board:
• BY refusing to make statements or promises as to how he or she will vote on any matter which should properly come before the board as a whole.
• BY respecting the opinion of others and by graciously conforming to the principle of majority rule.
...maintain desirable relations with the superintendent of schools and other employees:
• BY giving the superintendent full administrative authority for properly discharging the professional duties of the position and the responsibility to achieve acceptable results.
• BY respecting proper communication channels, referring all complaints to the proper administrative office and considering them only after failure of an administrative solution.
...maintain a commitment community:
• BY refusing to discuss confidential board business anywhere other than when attending a properly advertised board meeting.
• BY conducting all school business transactions openly.
Access the complete CODE OF ETHICS at http://www.isba-ind.org/html/codethic.pdf
Can parents, staff or community members expect a board member to state or promise how he or she will vote on any matter?
Answer: School board members must rely of different points of view but it would violate the board's code of ethics "to make statements or promises as to how he or she will vote on any matter which should properly come before the board as a whole."
When a school-related issue or concern arises, should I contact a school board member by phone or email to voice my concern?
Answer: School board members have a duty to direct concerns or "complaints to the proper administrative office and considering them only after failure of an administrative solution." The appropriate building administrator(s) should be contacted to discuss your concern and if it is not able to be resolved at the building-level, the superintendent should then be contacted. If board-adopted policy is followed, most issues are resolved at the school. When necessary to resolve on-going concerns, the superintendent will provide recommendations to the school board for new policies or policy changes when it is in the best interest of all students and the School Corporation. Links to school board members' email accounts are on the board member webpage if the building-level administrators and then the superintendent were unable to provide an administrative solution or an expected policy solution.
May patrons speak or address the board during meetings?
Answer: To address the board or to participate in discussions, a patron may request to be put on the agenda prior to the meeting by contact the superintendent prior to the scheduled meeting (812-723-4717). If not on the agenda, the Board President may authorize brief presentations to the board toward the end of the meeting if a patron made their wishes known to the Board President either prior to the meeting or during a break of the meeting. Often the board will not be able to respond to questions or concerns made during a meeting and school administrators are asked to investigate questions and concerns if this had not already occurred. For this reason, patrons should direct questions and share concerns with the appropriate school administrator before bringing the matter to the board.
What is the Open Door Law?
Answer: The Indiana General Assembly enacted the Open Door Law in 1977 with the intent that the official action of public agencies be conducted and taken openly, unless otherwise expressly provided by statute, in order that the people may be fully informed. This intent is furthered by requirements in the Open Door Law that public bodies, including school boards, give public notice of all meetings and take action and conduct most deliberations in a meeting open to everyone. A “meeting” occurs whenever a majority of
the school board meets for the purpose of taking “official action," including receiving information, deliberating, making recommendations, establishing policy, making decisions and taking final action.
What is a "Special" school board meeting and who is allowed to attend?
Answer: Special meetings are those meetings that deviate from the regular schedule of meetings. They may be called by either the president or the superintendent. The call for a special board meeting is accomplished by communicating to each board member a written notice (or email) specifying the date, time, and place of the meeting. The Open Door Law provides that 48 hours (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays) notice of special meetings must be given to the news media that annually request such notification and a copy of the notice of the special board meeting must be posted at the administration office or the building where the meeting will be held. Other than the date and/or time differing from regular meetings, Special meetings may include the same attendees and operate in the same fashion as a regular meeting.
When is the next school board meeting?
Answer: The next meeting is on the second Monday of each month at 7pm, or at the conclusion of a scheduled, executive work session. Patrons are always welcome at Paoli Community School Corporation’s school board meetings. The agenda, time, date, and place of each meeting will be posted on the door of the superintendent’s office at 501 Elm St., Paoli, IN.
How many school board members make up the entire board and how are Districts involved in the election process?
Answer: A “School Board District” is one of three Residence and Election Districts within Paoli Community School Corporation boundaries: 1. Paoli Town; 2. Paoli Township & Greenfield Townships; 3. Stampers Creek & Southeast Townships
District One: Three board members within the corporate limits of the civil town of Paoli;
District Two: Two board members within the boundaries of either Paoli Township (outside town corporate limits) or Greenfield Township;
District Three: Two board members within the boundaries of either Stampers Creek Township or Southeast Township;
See the School Corporation and District map below:
The success of Paoli students and the school corporation at-large rely upon the involvement of all stakeholders - students, parents, staff and all members of the community. This FAQ section is intended to provide meaningful information. If you have suggestions or questions not answered here, please contact the Office of the Superintendent at (812) 723-4717 or email: email@example.com