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Policy Alert: Updated Conflict of Interest sample policy

Policies of a school district, especially those negotiated with bargaining representatives for the protection of teachers, have the full force and effect of law, and legally bind the school district.

 

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By Gerry Kaufman, ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services

 

ASBSD recently wrote a new sample policy: AH Conflict of Interest Disclosure and Authorization, which will replace the sample policy drafted last year following the 2016 legislative session.

 

“It did not make sense to try to simply amend the current sample conflict of interest policy because House Bill 1170, passed during this year’s session, made such extensive revisions to the law the legislature passed last year,” ASBSD Director of Policy & Legal Services Gerry Kaufman said.

 

In addition to the new sample policy: AH Conflict of Interest Disclosure and Authorization, two new forms: AH-E(1) Conflict of Interest Disclosure and AH-E(2) School Board Action on Conflict of Interest Disclosure of a Direct Benefit, were prepared to accompany the sample policy.

 

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To access the new sample policy and accompanying forms, school board members and administrators must login to the ASBSD Online Policy Reference Manual at http://policy.asbsd.org. Your district’s login and password information has been previously provided to your district’s administration.

 

If you are not able to access the online policy manual, please contact your district’s administration or ASBSD Policy Services Associate Kay Thompson-Tieszen at kay@asbsd.org.

 

In addition to the new sample policy, ASBSD has published and updated 2017 Conflict of Interest Q and A document.

 

Download the Q and A here or find the document on the Publications & Forms page under the Legislative Session Documents header.

 

The Q and A document can be used to assist school district officials in understanding the updates made to the law, which will be effective July 1, 2017.

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