Policy 8610 – School Board Member Authority

Individual members of the School Board are a member of a corporate body, representing the community, which makes policy decisions for the District. Accordingly, individual Board members have authority only when acting as a Board legally in session, except as otherwise provided by law or the School Board.

As a private citizen, a School Board member may express individual, unofficial viewpoints on any School Board action or decision, but does not have the right to make decisions or act or speak for the School Board without the prior authorization of the School Board. The School Board President may speak on behalf of the entire Board.

No School Board member, by virtue of his/her office, shall exercise any administrative responsibility with respect to the District or, as an individual, command the services of any employee of the District.

CROSS REF,: 8500, Board Powers and Duties


AFFIRMED: December 28, 1990


  • July 10, 2001
  • February 24, 2015