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6460.01 - Conflict of Interest

The proper performance of school business is dependent upon the maintenance of unquestionably high standards of honesty, integrity, impartiality, and professional conduct by School Board employees. Further, such characteristics are essential to the Board’s commitment to earn and keep the public’s confidence in the School District. For these reasons, the Board adopts the following procedures to assure that conflicts of interest do not occur. These procedures are not intended to be all inclusive, nor to substitute for good judgment on the part of all employees.

A. Employees shall not engage in or have a financial interest, directly or indirectly, in any activity that conflicts or raises a reasonable question of conflict with their duties and responsibilities in the school system.
B. Employees shall not engage in business, private practice of their profession, the rendering of services, or the sale of goods of any type where advantage is taken of any professional relationship they may have with any student, client, or parents of students, or clients in the course of their employment with the District.
C. Employees shall not make use of materials, equipment, or facilities of the District in private practice. Examples would be the use of facilities before, during, or after regular business hours for service to private practice clients, or the checking out of items from an instructional materials center for private practice.

The Board shall not enter into a contract knowingly with any supplier of materials, supplies, and services to this District that any Board member or the Superintendent has any material interest. This prohibition shall not prevent any person from receiving royalties upon the sale of any educational material of which she/he is the author and which has been properly approved for use in the schools of this District.

Any employee who knowingly is in a capacity to influence, approve, or cause the purchase of any item to the Board that can render him/her or an immediate relative personal gain must immediately disclose that fact. Any violation of these policies by an employee of the District shall be subject to disciplinary actions up to and including termination of employment.
F.S. 112.311(1), 112.313(7)(a)

Revised - December 5, 2017

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