A Board member shall not have any direct pecuniary interest in a contract with the school district, nor shall he or she furnish directly any labor, equipment, or supplies to the district.
In the event 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 school district, the Board member shall declare his 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 district from contracting with corporations or businesses because a Board member is an employee of the firm. The policy is designed to prevent placing a Board member in a position where his interest in the public schools and his interest in his place of employment (or other indirect interest) might conflict and to avoid appearances of conflict of interest even though such conflict may not exist.
If a member of the immediate family of a board member--specifically parent/guardian, spouse, child or grandchild -- is being considered for employment, that member shall disqualify him/herself from participation in discussion or vote.
This shall not apply to any person within such relationship or relationships who has been regularly employed by the Board prior to the inception of the relationship, the adoption of this policy or a Board member's election.
Bylaw adopted by the Board: October 14, 1997
Hamden Public Schools Hamden, Connecticut