For the purpose of enhancing teamwork among members of the
Board and between the Board and the administration, we the members of
the Sharyland Independent School District Board of Trustees, do hereby
publicly commit ourselves collectively and individually to the following
Place children's interests first. The Board reaffirms our commitment to represent the needs and interests of all the children in our District.
Encourage and solicit community input.
The Board shall promote opportunities to assess public opinion and
shall respect the right of the public to express viewpoints regarding
issues faced by the District.
Limit discussions to items on the agenda.
Surprises to the Board or the Superintendent shall be the exception,
not the rule. We agree to ask the Board President or the Superintendent
to place an item on the agenda instead of bringing it up unexpectedly at
the meeting. Facts and information needed from the administration shall
be referred to the Superintendent.
Respect and listen to all discussions. There should be no use of cell phones unless for an emergency.
Encourage communication between the staff and the Board. While
appropriate communication between staff and Board is encouraged, Board
requests that require considerable time or that may have political
implications shall be placed on the agenda for Board consideration.
Follow the chain of command. We
agree to follow the chain of command and shall insist that others do
so. While the Board is eager to listen to its constituents and staff,
each inquiry shall be referred to the person who can properly and
expeditiously address the issue.
Practice the governance role. The
Board shall emphasize planning, policymaking, and communication rather
than becoming involved in the management of the schools.
Conduct a self-assessment/evaluation annually.
The Board shall monitor its behavior by yearly self-evaluation and by
addressing itself to any individual problems, such as poor meeting
attendance or leaks of confidential information.
State goals clearly. The Board shall set clear goals for itself, the Superintendent, and for the Sharyland Independent School District.
Consider CEO input.
The Superintendent is the chief executive officer and should make
recommendations, proposals, or suggestions on most matters that come
before the Board.
Act only as a Board.
Individual Board members do not have authority; only the Board as a
whole has authority. We agree that an individual Board member shall not
take unilateral action. The Board President shall communicate the
position(s) for the Board on controversial issues.
Discuss the issues.
Conduct at Board meeting is important. We agree to avoid words and
actions that create negative impressions of an individual, the Board, or
the District. While we encourage the expression of differing points of
view, we shall do it with care and respect in order to avoid unnecessary
escalation of negative impressions or incidents.
Practice efficient decision-making.
To be efficient and effective, long Board meetings should be the
exception and not the rule. If a Board member believes he or she doesn't
have enough information or has questions, either the Superintendent or
the Board President is to be called prior to the meeting.
Maintain Confidentiality of closed sessions.
Board members shall be sensitive to the legal ramifications of their
closed sessions and the confidentiality of the topics discussed.