Operating Guidelines

The following operating guidelines set standards for how the board interacts with itself, makes decisions, and works with staff.

As individual members of this board, we will conduct ourselves in a manner that respects appropriate decorum. Specifically, we will:

  • Know and support the Mission and Vision of ACAMIS;
  • Be motivated by an earnest desire to serve ACAMIS and the schools it serves;
  • Respect the confidentiality of privileged information which comes before the Board and will not discuss confidential matters of the Board outside Board meetings;
  • Recognize that authority rests with the whole Board, not with individual Board members;
  • Function as part of a team by bringing issues to the attention of the full Board, not to other individual Board members;
  • Avoid any conflict of interest and be open about potential conflicts of interest;
  • Attend all regular Board meetings and special Board events insofar as possible;
  • Be on time for meetings, come prepared and informed concerning the issues to be considered at the meetings and stay on task;
  • Participate in the consideration of all matters of the Board;
  • Provide advanced notice and information about issues to be raised to avoid surprises;
  • Consider all viewpoints and actively listen to the opinions of other Board members and other parties before making final decisions;
  • Make decisions based on the facts and one’s own independent judgment on what is best for ACAMIS as a whole, instead of for individuals, one school or special interest groups;
  • Support Board decisions publicly even though a decision may not reflect one’s personal viewpoint;
  • Avoid raising individual concerns or matters unless they have implications that concern the Board or have impact on ACAMIS as an organisation;
  • Refer complaints or concerns from ACAMIS members openly and promptly to the Executive Director with copy to the Board President;
  • Recognize the value of the chain of command when approached by constituents or the public by channeling all inquiries to the Executive Office;
  • Support the Executive Office and demonstrate that support within the community by developing a positive working relationship with the Executive Office so that issues and concerns can be discussed openly and comfortably;
  • Treat other Board members and the Executive Office, by respecting the dignity, values and opinions of all;
  • Conduct ourselves with courtesy and respect toward each other and staff members at all times.

Additionally, the following policies on Board Member Expenses for Attending Board Meetings apply.

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