Sunday, February 07, 2010

Running for School Board? Consider Ethics Code

All y'all out there who are considering filing to run for the school board, please take a look at the Code of Ethics that will govern your behavior. If you can't agree to these terms, don't file. This is not just a notion, this is the law.

That said, Plaintalker hopes to see a broad field of candidates and a strong voter turnout. The district will need a competent, capable school board to deal with upcoming changes coming down from Trenton and one that is able to assure the community that no personal agendas are in play.

Any board that is called on to make decisions involving millions of dollars must be of the highest caliber. Voters will have several opportunities to discern the motives and qualifications of those who file on March 1. If the district ends up with another board that ranks low with New Jersey monitors (NJQSAC), it will be on the consciences of registered voters who chose to stay home on April 20.

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you should add that ethics precludes school board members from leaking information that could compromise the BOE, staff, teachers, and administration.

I would add that prospective board members need to stop acting like those scary "Tea Party" people, i.e., being fueled and fueling hysterics and emotion needlessly. I will not vote for such a candidate, and I will not work on behalf of such a candidate. Histrionics are retrogressive.

6:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of ethics- How about the City Charter and the laws governing Conflicts of Interest?

See 7.4

How much money in campaign contributions (an indirect fianancial interest) have City Officials gotten over the years from contractors where contracts were negotiated, voted upon, and signed off on by the same officials?

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Board members should realize that they work for the children and the community--not the superintendent and the administration--and be prepared to do the right thing even though it may make some people mad.

Maybe we should go back to an appointed board--especially if the low voter turnout continues.

10:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does the ethics code say about relatives that are hired by the BOE or given no job contracts? The community needs to take a closer look at the nepotism of many BOE members including those who are up for

7:53 AM  
Blogger olddoc said...

Anon 10:53 You said it not I for a change. With an appointed board any trail would go back to JG through the mayor's office.

9:36 AM  

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