Morgan County Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

3231 - OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES OF STAFF

The Morgan County Board of Education believes that professional staff members should avoid situations in which their personal interests, activities, and associations may conflict with the interests of the School System. If such situations threaten a staff member's effectiveness within the school system, the Superintendent shall evaluate the impact of such interest, activity, or association upon the professional staff member's responsibilities.

 A.Staff members should not give work time to an outside interest, activity, or association without valid reason to be excused from assigned duties.

 B.Staff members shall not use school property or school time to solicit or accept customers for private enterprises.

 C.Staff members shall not engage in business transactions on behalf of private enterprises in which s/he may profit by virtue of his/her official position or authority or benefit financially from confidential information which the employee has obtained or may obtain by reason of his/her position or authority.

 D.Staff members shall not campaign on school property during duty hours on behalf of any political candidate for local, State, or National office.

 E.Staff members may not accept fees for tutoring when such tutoring is conducted during the normal work day.

Research and Publishing

 

A.

Professional staff members are encouraged to contribute articles to professional publications and to engage in approved professional research.

     
 

B.

Materials which might be considered for publication and/or production, which identify the County School System in any manner, shall be cleared with the Superintendent prior to publication and/or production.

     
 

C.

Publications and productions shall be subject to the following copyright provisions:

     
 

1.

Rights to copyrights or patents of books, materials, devices, etc. developed by professional staff members on their own time generally do not inure to the benefit of the Board, provided that:

     
 

a.

the books, materials, devices, etc. were prepared without the use of County data developed or marshaled by the Board and considered, confidential; Board facilities, and/or equipment;

     
 

b.

the County is granted the privilege of purchasing the materials or products free of any copyright or royalty charges;

     
 

c.

the staff member does not become involved in any way in the selling of the product to the County Board of Education.

     
 

The Superintendent shall make the decision regarding whether materials were produced independently of any work assignment, and/or without using school equipment, facilities, data, or equipment following input from all persons with knowledge of the facts, including, but not limited to, the staff member in question.

   
 

Any disagreement as a result of the Superintendentís decision may be appealed to the Board. Nothing herein shall preclude the subject staff member from availing himself/herself of any legal remedies provided by law.

   
 

Professional staff members who desire to publish or produce materials on their own time should make such action known to the Superintendent prior to the time such work is started in order that proper procedures can be established to assure that County Board of Education interests and the interests of the staff member are protected.

     
 

2.

All books, materials, devices, or products which result from the paid work time and/or prescribed duties of professional staff members shall remain the property of the Board of Education. The County Board shall retain all rights and privileges pertaining to the ownership thereof.

In the event that any of these products, in which the Board has rights and privileges, have commercial possibilities, the Superintendent is authorized to secure copyrights, patents, etc. which will ensure the ownership of the product by the Board.

The Superintendent is authorized to negotiate with appropriate agencies for the production and distribution of products with commercial appeal. Such negotiations shall ensure fair and appropriate compensation, including sharing of royalties, for the staff member(s) who developed the products.