On appeal from the State Board of Education.
NOT FOR PUBLICATION WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE APPELLATE DIVISION
Before Judges Reisner and Sapp-Peterson.
Appellant, Raymond A. Delbury (Delbury), is a member of the Sussex-Wantage Board of Education (Board). He appeals from the final administrative agency decision of the State Board of Education (State Board) censuring him for violations of the Code of Ethics for School Board Members (code). We affirm.
Delbury was elected to the Board in April 2006. On December 11, Arthur Jacobs, President of the Board, filed a complaint against Delbury with the School Ethics Commission (Commission) claiming that Delbury had violated the code, N.J.S.A. 18A:12-24.1, which provides:
a. I will uphold and enforce all laws, rules and regulations of the State Board of Education and court orders pertaining to the schools. Desired changes shall be brought about only through legal and ethical procedures.
b. I will make decisions in terms of the educational welfare of children and will seek to develop and maintain public schools that meet the individual needs of all children regardless of their ability, race, creed, sex, or social standing.
c. I will confine my board action to policy making, planning, and appraisal, and I will help to frame policies and plans only after the board has consulted those who will be affected by them.
d. I will carry out my responsibility, not to administer the schools, but, together with my fellow board members, to see that they are well run.
e. I will recognize that authority rests with the board of education and will make no personal promises nor take any private action that may compromise the board.
f. I will refuse to surrender my independent judgment to special interest or partisan political groups or to use the schools for personal gain or for the gain of friends.
g. I will hold confidential all matters pertaining to the schools which, if disclosed, would needlessly injure individuals or the schools. In all other matters, I will provide accurate information and, in concert with my fellow board members, interpret to the staff the aspirations of the community for its school.
h. I will vote to appoint the best qualified personnel available after consideration of the recommendation of the ...