Decatur County Community Schools
Bylaws & Policies




The maintenance of unusually high standards of honesty, integrity, impartiality, and professional conduct by School Corporation employees is essential to ensure the proper performance of school business as well as to earn and keep public confidence in the Corporation.


To accomplish this, the School Board has adopted the following guidelines to assure that conflicts of interest do not occur. These are not intended to be all inclusive; nor are they intended to substitute for good judgment.


An employee of the Corporation making a recommendation to the Board on a matter to be considered by the Board shall not accept a gift or gratuity from a person or entity having a substantial personal or pecuniary interest in the Board's decision on the matter in accordance with the restrictions and provisions of I.C. 35-44.1-1-4.



No employee shall engage in or have a financial interest in, directly or indirectly, any activity that conflicts or raises a reasonable question of conflict with his/her Corporation responsibilities.



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 such students or clients in the course of their employment with the Corporation.


Included, by way of illustration rather than limitation are the following:



the provision of any private lessons or services for a fee



the use, sale, or improper divulging of any privileged information about a student or client gained in the course of the employee's employment or through his/her access to Corporation records



the referral of any student or client for lessons or services to any private business or professional practitioner if there is any expectation of reciprocal referrals, sharing of fees, or other remuneration for such referrals



the requirement of students or clients to purchase any private goods or services provided by an employee or any business or professional practitioner with whom any employee has a financial relationship, as a condition of receiving any grades, credits, promotions, approvals, or recommendations



Employees shall not make use of materials, equipment, or facilities of the Corporation 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.



Employees shall not solicit gifts, travel packages, and other incentives from prospective contractors.



Employees shall not participate in the selection, award and administration of any contract to an entity in which they have a pecuniary interest or from which they derive a profit or in which a dependent of the employee has a pecuniary interest or from which the dependent derives a profit. "Dependent" includes the employee’s spouse; unemancipated child, stepchild or adopted child under the age of eighteen (18); or individual for whom the employee provides more than one-half (1/2) of the individual’s support during a year. A "pecuniary interest" means an interest in a contract or purchase that will result or is intended to result in an ascertainable increase in the income or net worth of the employee or the employee’s dependent who is under the direct or indirect administrative control of the employee or who receives a contract or purchase order that is reviewed, approved, or directly or indirectly administered by the employee.



No conflict of interest will be deemed to be present if the Corporation employee’s interest in the contract or purchase and all other contracts and purchases made by the Corporation during the twelve (12) months before the date of the contract or purchase was $250 or less.



Should exceptions to this policy be necessary in order to provide mandatory services to students or clients of the Corporation, all such exceptions will be made known to the employee's supervisor and will be disclosed to the Superintendent before entering into any private relationship.



Violation of this Board Policy by a Corporation employee will result in disciplinary action being taken against the Corporation employee, up to and including termination of employment.

I.C. 20-26-3-4
I.C. 20-26-5-4
I.C. 35-44.1-1-1, 35-44.1-1-2, 35-44.1-1-4, 35-44.1-1-5
2 C.F.R. 200.318
7 C.F.R. 3016.36(b)(3) and 3019.42

Adopted 8/12/15

© Neola 2015