School Board Ethics

By Susan Black

The school board in Georgia’s Clarke County School District voted 7-1 to amend its ethics policy in June 2008.

Interim Superintendent James Simms threatened to resign if the board refused to add five stipulations to its current policy: avoid talking with district employees about job openings, abstain from voting if a relative is a candidate for a position, refrain from influencing the hiring or promoting of a family member, give the superintendent authority to approve job descriptions, and give the superintendent discretion to transfer employees.

The board member who cast the single opposing vote was not pleased with the superintendent’s proposal. Before resigning her position, she stated, “I think that board ethics should come from the board.”

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