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(105 ILCS 5/10-16.5)
Oath of office.
Each school board member, before taking his or her seat on the board, shall take an oath of office, administered as determined by the board, in substantially the following form:
I, (name of member or successful candidate), do
solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office of member of the Board of Education (or Board of School Directors, as the case may be) of (name of school district), in accordance with the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of Illinois, and the laws of the State of Illinois, to the best of my ability.
I further swear (or affirm) that:
I shall respect taxpayer interests by serving as a
faithful protector of the school district's assets;
I shall encourage and respect the free expression of
opinion by my fellow board members and others who seek a hearing before the board, while respecting the privacy of students and employees;
I shall recognize that a board member has no legal
authority as an individual and that decisions can be made only by a majority vote at a public board meeting;
I shall abide by majority decisions of the board,
while retaining the right to seek changes in such decisions through ethical and constructive channels;
As part of the Board of Education (or Board of School
Directors, as the case may be), I shall accept the responsibility for my role in the equitable and quality education of every student in the school district;
I shall foster with the board extensive participation
of the community, formulate goals, define outcomes, and set the course for (name of school district);
I shall assist in establishing a structure and an
environment designed to ensure all students have the opportunity to attain their maximum potential through a sound organizational framework;
I shall strive to ensure a continuous assessment of
student achievement and all conditions affecting the education of our children, in compliance with State law;
I shall serve as education's key advocate on behalf
of students and our community's school (or schools) to advance the vision for (name of school district); and
I shall strive to work together with the district
superintendent to lead the school district toward fulfilling the vision the board has created, fostering excellence for every student in the areas of academic skills, knowledge, citizenship, and personal development.
(Source: P.A. 100-1055, eff. 1-1-19