Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Area News

October 4, 2012

Ethics code approved

CROSSVILLE — The Cumberland County Board of Education approved the Tennessee School Boards Association Code of Ethics at its September meeting, allowing two new members to sign the pledge. But questions were raised during the meeting and a work session on Saturday regarding the need to form an ethics committee.

Dan Schlafer, 9th District representative, moved to approve the code of ethics, saying, "We have two new board members who need the opportunity to sign it. That's the reason that it's on the agenda, and that's the reason it should be approved."

Vivian Hutson, 6th District representative, and Josh Stone, 4th District representative, began their terms with the September meeting.

Schlafer's motion was supported by Richard Janeway, 2nd District representative, who also asked the code of ethics be read publicly for the record.

The TSBA Code of Ethics pledge calls for board members to, in part:

•Represent at all times the entire school community and refuse to represent special interests or partisan politics;

•Support the employment of those persons best qualified to serve as employees and insist on a regular and impartial evaluation of all staff;

•Support and protect personnel in performance of their duties;

•Not criticize employees publicly but make criticisms to the director of schools for investigation and action if necessary;

•Refuse to make promises as to how they will vote on matters that should come before the board as a whole;

•Make decisions only after full discussion of matters at board meetings;

•Respect the opinions of other members and accept the principle of the "majority rule."

•Support full administrative authority as well as responsibility for the directory of schools to properly discharge all professional duties;

•Refer all complaints and concerns to the director of schools; and

•Avoid being placed in a position of conflict of interest and refraining from using board positions for personal or partisan gain.

Charles Tollett, 1st District representative, asked why the board needed to vote on the code of ethics when it was already a part of school board policy, policy 1.1061.

Board Attorney Earl Patton said Tollett was correct, and that policy 1.202, duties of the board members, also addressed standards for ethics for board members.

Schlafer moved to approve, supported by Janeway.

The code of ethics passed with Gordon Davis, 5th District representative; David Bowman, 7th District representative; Jim Blalock, 8th District representative; Janeway; Schlafer; Stone; and Hutson voting in favor. Voting no were Sandy Brewer, 3rd District representative, and Tollett.

Later in the meeting, Janeway said he'd like to request 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.

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

He also asked Board Attorney Earl Patton to attend the Saturday work session of the board to review ethics policies and laws regarding discussion among board members, commonly called the Sunshine Law that requires legislative bodies to deliberate on public matters in the public.

At that meeting, Patton said, "These debates need to be happening about every issue. You have opinions. You're supposed to have opinions. These debates need to be happening every fourth Thursday about those issues. They don't need to happen anywhere else."

No specific incidents of suspected Sunshine Law violations were discussed at that meeting.

Janeway said Saturday, "The Code of Ethics, that's the minimum of where we should set our standards. One of our issues is respect of the community. If we skirt ethics and are right on the edge, if that's where we're at as individuals, we're in trouble. We should be heads and tails above where that's at."



 

1
Text Only
Area News
  • Shop tax free this weekend

    With the return to school right around the corner and Cumberland County students set to return to classrooms Aug. 6, Tennesseans are reminded they can buy certain items without paying sales tax Aug. 1 through Aug. 3.

    July 30, 2014

  • state park bath house.jpg Historic CMSP bathhouse gets new use with renovation

    When a new pool was constructed at Cumberland Mountain State Park in the 1980s, the beach area was converted to a quiet place to watch the water and the bath house was boarded up.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cole dismissed from teaching position

    The Cumberland County Board of Education voted 8-1 to dismiss tenured special education teacher Stephanie Cole, who remains at the Cumberland County Jail without bond charged with the July 20 fatal shooting of Louis Tammaro Jr.

    July 29, 2014

  • Crash sends one to jail, cyclist to UT

    A crash involving a motorcycle and a pickup truck resulted in one man being flown to a regional trauma center and the second man being arrested after he fled the scene, Crossville Police reported.

    July 29, 2014

  • County to include more meeting info on web site

    Cumberland County commissioners approved a change in the commission's rules which requires the full package of materials supplied to the commissioners to be posted on the county's web site.

    July 29, 2014

  • jobless june.jpg County jobless rate up for June

    County unemployment rates for June 2014 show the rate increased in all 95 counties of Tennessee. In Cumberland County, the jobless rate rose from 7.4 percent in May to 8.3 percent for June.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • lver-greg morris.jpg New veterans rep joins Career Center staff

    The Tennessee Career Center in Crossville now has more resources available to assist veterans seeking employment. The center recently hired Gregory Morris as a local veterans employment representative (LVER) to work with both unemployed veterans as well as employers seeking job applicants.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Richard Lemert.jpg Lemert pays visit to Crossville

    Richard Milo Lemert, (left) great nephew of Milo Lemert of Crossville, recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, is pictured with L.T. Thurman Jr. It was Richard Lemert's first visit to Crossville and during his brief stay, he stopped by the Milo Lemert Building on Main St. and viewed the plaque that was placed in honor of his great uncle. Milo Lemert was married to Nell Snodgrass of Crossville and was killed in action on their first wedding anniversary. Thurman's father, Litton T. Thurman Sr., received the Distinguished Service Cross in the same WWI battle that Lemert was awarded the nation's highest honor. Richard Lemert resides in Raleigh, NC, and is planning to attend the Medal of Honor Convention in Knoxville Sept. 10-13.
     

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • IMG_2558.jpg Understanding the structure of addiction and recovery

    Bradford Health Services hosted a free workshop Friday for area agencies on the structure of addiction and recovery. Robbie Keeble who is recovery liaison for Bradford, was the featured speaker. With rates of substance abuse so prevalent in the Crossville area, several local agencies arranged to instruct participants on how addiction works in the brain and the process that those struggling with addiction need to take in order to recover successfully. There were 94 attendees in all, including several social service agencies, health care providers, law enforcement personnel, businesses and concerned citizens. If you are interested in attending or hosting a future training on matters related to substance abuse, contact Bradford Health Services at (931) 528-6803.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • TMSAA rules get one-year try out

    Changes are coming for the elementary sports programs next year, with a 6-3 vote of the Cumberland County Board of Education. That vote of support of recommendations from the athletic committee was met with concerns from board members that the move towards county-wide rules and regulations was an attempt to move toward middle school teams.

    July 28, 2014 1 Video

Marketplace Marquee
Parade
Must Read
Section Teases
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Weather Radar
2014 Readers' Choice
Graduation 2014