WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — Chariho school committee member Dr. Ronald J. Areglado believes in the importance of appropriate behavior for school committee members, not only during meetings but in all of their interactions with school staff, parents and students. Recently, he asked for a review of the 2008 Code of Basic Management Principles and Ethical Standards for School Committee Members and proposed four additional tenets to the code.
“I think the behavior of people working in organizations is something that always needs to be checked, especially in public policy arenas,” he said. “I think it’s always a good thing to have in the uppermost of our minds, ‘What is the kind of appropriate behavior we expect of one another in our deliberations?’ – and that prompted me to look at the code.”
Areglado said he proposed the additions to the code because he wants his fellow school committee members to understand that their behavior is under public scrutiny.
“We’re in the public eye and so my concern is always that we have the model for our community, our community and our staff,” he said. “And I think the best way to do that is to have civil discourse – to disagree without being disagreeable, and never personalize the conversation.”
He was also concerned that members never speak in a way that would place the committee and district in a litigious situation.
“Loose lips sink ships and we have to avoid any appearance of exercising undue influence in the community,” he said. “It’s called ‘coercive power’ and because of your position you could say or do things that could be harmful and could come back and bite people. I want to avoid any semblance of myself or others using their position to an unfair or unethical advantage.”
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