ST. LOUIS BOARD OF EDUCATION BYLAWS BYLAWS OF THE BOARD
DUTIES OF OFFICERS, MEMBERS, EMPLOYEES AND AGENTS
Each member of the board, before assuming the duties of his or her office, shall take an oath before a circuit or associate circuit judge of the city, which oath shall be kept on record in the office of the board, that he or she possesses all the qualifications required by law, and that he or she will demean himself or herself faithfully in the office as a member of the Board of Education of the City of St. Louis.
The board has authority only when acting as a board legally in session. A board member can exercise authority only as a member of the board at official board meetings. The board shall not be bound by any statement or action by an individual board member except when such statement or action is in pursuance of specific Instruction of the board.
No board member, by virtue of his or her office, shall exercise any administrative responsibility with respect to the schools or as an Individual may command the services of any district employee. Board members seeking to communicate with district employees in their official capacity as board members shall coordinate such communications through the Superintendent's Office. Nothing contained herein shall limit a board member from communicating directly with district employees on matters relating to their children or any children for which they serve as guardian.
Board members are encouraged to seek professional development opportunities that will provide benefit to both the board and district. Toward this goal, board members appearing at public events in their capacity as a board member should ensure that their attendance at any public event, conference, or speaking appearance is aligned with the goals and objectives adopted by the board of education and/or the current Transformation Plan Goals.
Board members will notify the board of events they plan to attend in their capacity as a board member with as much advance notice as possible. Board members will identify the board goals or objectives that will be advanced by the board member's attendance or participation in the event. If any individual board member has concerns about attendance at an event, they shall contact the attending board member directly. In the event more than one board member expresses concerns regarding the board member's attendance, the event will be added to the next work session agenda if time allows. If time does not allow, the board member will contact each member of the board via email or phone call to discuss concerns. If a majority of the Board expresses an objection, the board member may attend the event, but must expressly state that they do not appear as a representative of the board of education or the district, and that any opinions they express are not those of the board of education.
A majority of the board shall vote to approve board member attendance or participation in any public event, conference, professional development, etc. requiring the expenditure (or board member
reimbursement) of district funds. Board members shall identify how their attendance is aligned with any adopted board goals or objectives and/or the current Transformation Plan Goals. In the event the board does not approve the expenditure, the board member may still attend, at their expense, but must expressly state that they do not appear as a representative of the board of education or the district, and that any opinions they express are not those of the board of education.
Board members will notify the board president when they will be absent from meetings of the board and will notify committee chairpersons of their absence from committee meetings, The board members will provide the reasons for their absence.
The superintendent, board president or a designee will serve as official spokespersons for the district. All employees and board members will direct requests for official statements about district business from the public or members of the media to the district's spokespersons. Board members should emphasize to the media and members of the public that they may only speak as individual citizens unless empowered by the Board to speak on its behalf.
Legal: Section 162.581 RSMo. Bylaw adopted July 10, 1999
Revised: February 9, 1999
Revised: February 22, 2000
Revised: October 10, 2006
Revised: February 11, 2020