BCB VSC Conflict of Interest
VEAZIE SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBER CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Committee service is a matter of public trust. In making decisions that affect the Veazie School Department, Committee members have the duty to act in the interest of the common good and for the benefit of the people they represent.
A Committee member has a financial interest in a question or a contract under consideration when he/she or a member of his/her immediate family may derive some financial or other material benefit or loss as a result of the Committee action. The vote of the Committee is voidable if a Committee member has a financial interest and votes on that question or is involved in the discussion, negotiation, or award of a contract or other action in which he/she has a financial interest.
A Committee member is responsible for disclosing his/her financial interest and it is his/her choice whether to abstain from voting on an action in which he/she has an interest. However, in order to prevent the vote on a question or contract from being voidable, a Committee member who has a financial interest must:
- Make full disclosure of his/her interest before any action is taken; and
- Abstain from voting, from the negotiation or award of the contract, and from otherwise attempting to influence the decision.
The Secretary of the Committee shall record in the minutes of the meeting the member’s disclosure and abstention from taking part in the decision in which he/she has an interest.
It is not the intent of this policy to prevent a Committee member from voting or the Veazie School department from contracting with corporations or businesses because a Committee member is an employee of the firm in question. This policy is designed to prevent the placing of board member(s) in a position where their interest in the schools and their interest in their places of employment may conflict.
Appointment to Office and Other Employment
A Board member may not, during the time the member serves on the Board and for one year after the member ceases to serve on the Board, be appointed to any civil office of profit or employment position which has been created or the compensation of which has been increased by action of the Board during the time the member served on the Board.
Legal Reference: 20-A M.R.S.A. § 1002-1004
30-A M.R.S.A. § 2604-2606
Cross References: BCA: VSC Member Code of Ethics