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Policy Alert: Board Member Conflict of Interest

ASBSD Policy Alert will be your source for the latest updates, commentary and information on school board policy.

 

SB 82: Increases the allowable financial level of purchases, sales, and contracts made by public officers of political subdivisions.

 

SDCL 6-1-2, the statute which identifies certain exceptions to the governing board member conflict of interest statute (SDCL 6-1-1), was amended by Senate Bill 82.

 

Currently, under the exceptions a school board member may enter into a contract with the school district for supplies or services, regardless of whether other sources of supply or services are available within the school district, provided the contract is for less than $3,000 (during the school fiscal year) and as long as the cost for the supplies or services is reasonable and just.

 

Effective July 1, 2014, the amount of the contract has to be $5,000 or less. Also effective July 1, 2014, there would be no conflict of interest if there is no other source of supply or services available within the school district and the amount of the contract is more than $5,000 but less that the amount for which competitive bidding is required.

 

ASBSD has amended sample policy:  BBFA:  Board Member Conflict of Interest .

 

See more sample policies at the ASBSD Policy Reference Manual website.

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