Morgan County Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

3214 - STAFF GIFTS

Professional employees are prohibited from soliciting any gift unless the solicitation is for a charitable purpose with no resulting direct pecuniary benefit conferred upon the employee or his/her immediate family; provided, that no professional employee may solicit for a charitable purpose any gift from any person who is also a Board of Education employee and whose position is subordinate to the soliciting professional employee.

With seven (7) exceptions, no professional employee shall knowingly accept any gift, directly or indirectly, from any person whom the employee has reason to know (a) is doing or seeking to do business of any kind with the School District, or (b) is engaged in activities that are regulated by the Board, or (c) has financial interests that may be substantially and materially affected, in a manner distinguishable from the public generally, by the performance or non-performance of the professional employee’s official duties.

The seven (7) exceptions are that a professional employee may accept the following gifts if they do not impair the employee’s impartiality and independent judgment and the employee did not have reason to think that they were offered for those purposes:

 A.meals and beverages;

 B.ceremonial gifts or awards of insignificant monetary value;

 C.unsolicited gifts of nominal value or trivial items of informational value;

 D.reasonable expenses for food, travel and lodging of the employee for a meeting at which s/he participates in a panel or speaking engagement;

 E.gifts of tickets or free admission extended to an employee to attend charitable, cultural or political events, if the purpose of the gift is a courtesy or ceremony customarily extended to the office;

 F.gifts that are purely private and personal in nature; and

 G.gifts from relatives by blood or marriage, or a member of the same household.

Additionally, the Board considers the presentation of gifts to professional staff members by students and their parents an undesirable practice because it tends to embarrass students with limited means and gives the appearance of currying favor.

Based on the foregoing premise, it is the policy of the Board that professional staff members may accept gifts of nominal value from students or parents.

The Superintendent may approve acts of generosity to individual staff members in unusual situations.

Professional staff members shall not accept any form of compensation from vendors that might influence their recommendations on the eventual purchase of equipment, supplies, or services. Furthermore, professional staff members shall not accept any compensation from a vendor after a decision has been made to purchase equipment, supplies, or services from said vendor. In addition, professional staff members who recommend purchases shall not enter into a contractual arrangement with a vendor seeking to do business with the School District, or a vendor with whom the Board is doing business, whereby an individual professional staff member receives compensation in any form for services rendered.

Such compensation includes, but is not limited to, cash, checks, stocks, or any other form of securities, and gifts such as televisions, microwave ovens, computers, discount certificates, travel vouchers, tickets, passes, and other such things of value. In the event that a professional staff member receives such compensation, albeit unsolicited, from a vendor, the professional staff member shall notify the Treasurer, in writing, that s/he received such compensation and shall thereafter promptly transmit said compensation to the Treasurer.

WV Code 61-19-15 and 6B-2-5