Policy Title: BOARD MEMBER LIABILITY                Code No. 205                                                       

Board members shall 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 shall act in good faith.

The school district shall 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 the act constitutes a willful or wanton act or omission.  However, the school district shall not save harmless or indemnify board members for punitive damages.

Legal Reference:  Wood vs. Strickland, 420 U.S. 308 (1975), 42 U.S.C. 19893. 1985 (2006); Iowa Code ch. 670 (2009)

Date of Adoption  January 5, 1998

Reviewed & Revised:  May 21, 2001, March 7, 2006, March 7, 2011, March 21, 2016, February 14, 2022