Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

December 12, 2012

BOE confirms ethics committee

By Gary Nelson
Senior staff writer

CROSSVILLE — Although the committee had already met, the Cumberland County Board of Education took official action and confirmed the formation of an ethics committee.

Richard Janeway, 2nd District representative, made a motion to officially confirm the committee.

"The board hasn't actually confirmed the ethics committee and we if we don't want to violate our own policy we should confirm it," Janeway said.

Josh Stone, 4th District representative supported the motion and it was unanimously approved.

"We already have the committee and we've already met and elected officers," David Bowman, 7th District representative said.

"I know, but the board has never voted to confirm it. It's the board's policy to confirm all committees and members," Janeway said.

Bowman serves as chairman of the committee and other members include Vivian Hutson, 6th District representative and Tim Claflin, school safety coordinator.

During the September BOE meeting the board approved the Tennessee School Boards Association Code of Ethics.

During that meeting, Janeway requested the board consider forming an ethics committee during its October meeting.

"We just signed off on a code of ethics and I'd like a committee appointed to hear some complaints," Janeway said back in September.

Policy 1.106 states the board may create an ethics committee, which includes three individuals appointed to one-year terms. At least two of the members must be members of the board of education. The committee is charged with hearing questions and complaints regarding violations of the code of ethics or violation of any state law governing ethical conduct.