Orig. Code(s): BBAA
Individual Board Member’s Authority and Responsibilities
An individual Board member exercises the authority and responsibility of his/her position when the Board is in legal session only.
A Board member has the authority to act in the name of the Board when authorized by a specific Board motion. When authorized to act as the district’s designated representative in collective bargaining, a Board member may make and accept proposals in bargaining without subsequent approval by the Board.
A Board member has the right to express personal opinions. When expressing such opinions in public, the Board member must clearly identify the opinions as his/her own.
Members will be knowledgeable of information requested through Board action, supplied by the superintendent and gained through professional Board activities.
Members of the Board will adhere to the following in carrying out the responsibilities of membership:
1. Request for Information
Any individual Board member who desires a copy of an existing written report or survey prepared by the administrative staff will make such a request to the superintendent. A copy of the material may be made available to each member of the Board. Requests for the generation of reports or information which require additional expense to the district must be submitted to the Board for consideration.
2. Requests for Legal Opinions
Any Board member may request a legal opinion. Such request, however, shall be made through the Board chairman to the superintendent. If the legal opinion sought involves the superintendent’s employment or performance, the request should be made to the Board chairman. Legal counsel is responsible to the Board.
3. Action on Complaints or Requests Made to Board Members
When Board members receive complaints or requests for action from staff, students or members of the public, such information is to be conveyed to the superintendent for action.
4. Board Member’s Relationship to Administration
Individual Board members will be informed about the district’s educational program, may visit schools or other facilities to gain information and may request information from the superintendent. Board members will not intervene in the administration of the district or its schools.
5. Contracts or Agreements Made By Individual Board Members
Contracts or agreements made by individual Board members without the Board’s authority are invalid.
END OF POLICY
ORS 332.045 ORS 332.057
ORS 332.055 ORS 332.075
38 Op Atty Gen 1995 (1978).
South Benton Education Association v. Monroe UH School District 1, 83 Or. App. 425 (1987).