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205 Board Member Liability

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Series 200

 

Policy Title:  Board Member Liability                                                                                                                                                                                                         Code No.  205

 

Board members will not be held personally liable for actions taken in the performance of their duties and responsibilities vested in them by the laws of Iowa and the members of the school district community.  In carrying out the duties and responsibilities of their office, board members will act in good faith.

The School District will defend, save harmless and indemnify board members against tort claims or demands, whether groundless or otherwise, arising out of an alleged act or omission occurring within the scope of their official duties, unless it constitutes a willful or wanton act or omission.  However, the School District will not save harmless or indemnify board members for punitive damages.

 

Approved:  December 10, 2002

Reviewed:  August 10, 2015

Revised:

Legal Reference:  Wood v. Strickland, 420 U.S. 308 (1975); 42 U.S.C. §§ 1983, 1985 (2012); Iowa Code ch. 670 (2013)

Cross Reference:  709 Insurance Program