Policy 2220

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OFFICIAL SCHOOL SPOKESPERSON  Policy Code:   2220

The official spokespersons of the school district will be the chairperson of the board or designee and the superintendent and the superintendent’s designees. Any person speaking in an official capacity will conduct his or her assignment from the standpoint of the best interests of the board, the school district and the community, not as a representative of his or her own personal ideas or feelings.

When a request is received by a board member to meet with any informal citizen or parent group about school matters, the individual board member should inform the superintendent of the request. Individual board members should inform any citizen or group of citizens with whom they meet that in such meetings they only act as individuals and not for or on behalf of the board of education unless they have been so authorized by official board action. In addition, board members should attempt to avoid situations in which their presence could be inferred by the citizens as being officially representative of the board.

Individual members of the board of education should refrain from meeting with groups of school employees to discuss matters relating to employment or conditions of work without specific authorization by official board action.


Legal References: G.S. 115C-36, -276

Cross References: Board Authority and Duties (policy 1010), Code of Ethics for School Board Members (policy 2120)

Adopted: August 20, 2007

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