Updated: Feb 3, 2020
NEPN/NSBA Code: BCB
BOARD MEMBER CONFLICT OF INTEREST
A Board member shall not have any direct or indirect pecuniary interest (as defined by law) in a contract with the school unit, nor shall he/she furnish directly any labor, equipment, or supplies to the unit.
In the event that a Board member is employed by a corporation or business, or has a secondary interest in a corporation or business which furnishes goods or services to the schools, the Board member shall declare his/her secondary interest and refrain from debating or voting upon the question of contracting with the company.
It is not the intent of this policy to prevent the school unit from contracting with corporations or businesses because a Board member is an employee of the firm. The policy is designed to prevent the placing of Board members in a position where their interest in public schools and their interest in their places of employment (or other indirect interest) might conflict, and to avoid appearances of conflict of interest even though such conflict may not exist.
A Board member may not, during the time the member serves on the Board and for one year after the member ceases to serve on the Board, be appointed to any civil office of profit or employment position which has been created or the compensation of which has been increased by the action of the Board during the time the member serves on the Board.
No member of the Board or spouse of a member shall be employed in any public school within the unit. Board members may not candidate for employment in the district in the district until one year after Board membership is terminated.
Code of Conduct for Federally Funded Procurements. When a Board member participates in the selection, award, or administration of a contract that is supported by federal award, the Board member shall also comply with Policy DJH- Purchasing and Contracting: Procurement Staff Code of Conduct.
Legal Reference: 20-A MRSA§ 1002 et seq., § 1051
7 MRSA § 3104
30-A MRSA §§ 2251, 2604 et seq.
Cross Reference: DJH Purchasing and Contracting: Procurement Staff Code of Conduct
Adopted: October 19, 2000
Revised: January 17, 2013
Revised: September 24, 2014
Revised June 15, 2017