Board Member Conflict of Interest

BCB  Maine School Administrative District No. 31


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 School 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 School Board during the time the member serves on the Board.

No member of the Board or spouse of a member shall be employed as a full-time employee (regularly employed on a weekly basis regardless of remuneration or number of hours worked) in any public school within the unit.  The words "regardless of remuneration" are interpreted as meaning paid or unpaid service (such as volunteering).

Activities that would be considered truly "volunteer" and not "a conflict of interest" would include participation in such things as booster clubs, Parent Teacher Association, and fund-raising activities because the activity is not under the direct or indirect supervision of the superintendent.  Other activities that are under the supervision of the superintendent, such as chaperoning school functions, participating in work parties to improve school facilities, and volunteering in individual classrooms or the office maybe undertaken by school board members as long as such work is intermittent and not done on a regular, weekly basis.

Legal Reference:     20-A MRSA § 1002 et seq., § 1051
17 MRSA § 3104
30-A MRSA §§ 2251, 2604 et seq.   

First Reading:    10/18/2000                        

Adoption:    11/15/2000