Pursuant to the provisions of Section 806 of the General Municipal Law, the Board of Education recognizes that there are rules of ethical conduct for public officers and employees which must be observed if a high degree of moral conduct is to be obtained and if public confidence is to be maintained in our unit of local government. It is the purpose of this resolution to promulgate these rules of ethical conduct for the officers and employees of the district. These rules shall serve as a guide for official conduct of the officers and employees of the district. The rules of ethical conduct of this resolution as adopted, shall not conflict with, but shall be in addition to, any prohibition of Article 18 of the General Municipal Law or any other general or special law relating to ethical conduct and interest in contracts of officers and employees.
Standards of Conduct
Every officer and employee, whether paid or unpaid, of the district shall be subject to and abide by the following standards of conduct:
1. Gifts: He/she shall not directly or indirectly solicit any gift; or accept or receive any gift having a value of $75 or more, whether in the form of money, loan, services, travel, entertainment, hospitality, thing or promise, or any other form, under circumstances in which it could be reasonably inferred that the gift was intended to influence him/her, or could be reasonably expected to influence him/her, in the performance of his/her official duties or was intended as a reward for any official action on his/her part.
2. Confidential information: He/she shall not discuss confidential information acquired by him/her in the course of his/her official duties or use such information to further his/her personal interest.
3. Representation before one’s own agency: He/she shall not receive, or enter into any agreement, expressed or implied, for compensation for services to be rendered in relation to any matter before any agency over which he/she has jurisdiction or to which he/she has the power to appoint any member, officer or employee.
4. Representation before any agency for a contingent fee: He/she shall not receive, or enter into any agreement, expressed or implied for compensation for services to be rendered in relation to any matter before any agency of his/her district, whereby his/her compensation is to be dependent or contingent upon any action by such agency with respect to such matter, provided that this paragraph shall not prohibit the fixing at any time of fees based upon the reasonable value of the services rendered.
5. Disclosure of interest in legislation: To the extent that he knows thereof, a member of the Board and any officer or employee of the district, whether paid or unpaid, who participates in the discussions or gives official opinion to the Board on any legislation before the Board shall publicly disclose on the official record the nature and extent of any direct or indirect financial or other interest he/she has in such legislation.
6. Investments in conflict with official duties: He/she shall not invest or hold any investment directly or indirectly in any financial, business, commercial, or other private transaction, which creates a conflict with his official duties.
7. Private employment: He/she shall not engage in, solicit, negotiate for, or promise to accept private employment or render services for private interest when such employment or service creates a conflict with or impairs the proper discharge of his official duties.
8. Future employment: He/she shall not, after the termination of service or employment with such district, appear before any board or agency of the district in relation to any case, proceeding, or application in which he/she personally participated during the period of his/her service or employment or which was under his active consideration.
Nothing herein shall be deemed to bar or prevent the timely filing by a present or former officer or employee of any claim, account, demand or suit against the district or any agency thereof on behalf of himself or any member of his family arising out of any personal injury or property damage or for any lawful benefit authorized or permitted by law.
Distribution of Code of Ethics
The Superintendent of Schools shall cause a copy of the Board's Code of Ethics and this accompanying regulation to be distributed to every officer and employee of the school district. Each officer and employee elected or appointed thereafter shall be furnished a copy before entering upon the duties of his or her office or employment. In addition, the Superintendent shall ensure that a copy of Article 18 of the General Municipal Law shall be kept posted in each public building under the district's jurisdiction in a place conspicuous to the district's officers and employees.
In addition to any penalty contained in any other provision of law, any person who shall knowingly and intentionally violate any of the provisions of the Board's code of ethics and its accompanying regulation may be fined, suspended or removed from office or employment, as the case may be, in the manner provided by law.
General Municipal Law, Article 18