Thu May 09, 2013
Wed May 08, 2013
Mon May 06, 2013
As Board members, we must stay true to our beliefs while recognizing that others may have conflicting beliefs and that compromise may be necessary. We must recognize that because of the diversity of experience and perspective that we each bring to the Board, we possess more wisdom collectively than we do individually. We also recognize the necessity for professional growth and development as a Board and as individuals and commit to regular training to increase our experience.
We recognize that the Board is part of the Norfolk Public Schools family. We must commit to communicating openly and honestly with each other. We must be willing to actively listen to each other and seriously consider alternative points of view. We must each commit to providing input — each voice must be heard.
Even when our ideas conflict, we must treat each other with respect and courtesy and agree not to take disagreements personally. Only by operating in a system of trust can the Board truly guide the school system to world-class status.
We must never push personal agendas in our actions. Rather, our discussions, decisions, and actions must focus solely on what is best for all students in the Norfolk Public Schools. We are committed to increasing the quality of teaching and learning for all — and ALL means ALL.
Our thinking and behavior must always be ethical and equitable. We must be prepared to make difficult and unpopular decisions and take risks when it is in the best interest of our students. We will model the behavior that we expect from others: basing decisions on data, acting with integrity and honesty, and listening to all voices within the system.
We believe the Board serves the school system and the schools. We do not micromanage. We place our trust in each other and the administration to act in the best interest of our students. We readily accept our roles as ambassadors for the school system promoting support for public education and spreading the news of our success. Even as we acknowledge the hard work and high level of commitment required by service on the Board, we see a place for humor and fun in our interaction and service.