Morgan County Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

5830 - STUDENT FUND-RAISING

The Board of Education acknowledges that the solicitation of funds from students by students must be limited since compulsory attendance laws make the student a captive donor and since such solicitation may disrupt the program of the schools.

For purposes of this policy "student fund-raising" shall include student solicitation and collection of money for any purpose, from any persons, including collection of money in exchange for tickets, papers, or any other goods or services.

The Board will permit student fund-raising in school, on school property, or at any school-sponsored event only when the profit therefrom is to be used for school purposes or for an activity connected with the schools.

All proceeds from fund-raisers conducted by a school are to be receipted and deposited intact into one of the schoolís depository accounts.

Student fund-raising by approved school organizations may be permitted in school by the principal. Student fund-raising by approved school organizations either on or off school grounds may be permitted under administrative guidelines of the Superintendent.

All school support organizations must be approved, in advance, by the Board in order to conduct fund raising activities in the name of a county school. In addition, the organization must notify the school principal prior to each fund raising activity being held. A profit and loss statement shall be prepared for each fund raising activity conducted by a school support organization that shows gross proceeds, cost of goods sold and net proceeds.

These Superintendentís administrative guidelines should:

 A.specify the times and places in which funds may be collected;

 B.describe permitted methods of solicitation which do not place undue pressure on students;

 C.limit the kind and amount of advertising for solicitation;

 D.comply with all provisions of West Virginia Board of Education policy 1224.1.

Advisors for approved school organizations shall not accept any form of compensation or gift from vendors that might influence their selection of a vendor that will provide a fund-raising activity or a product that will be sold as a fund-raiser. Furthermore, advisors for approved school organizations shall not accept any compensation or gifts from a vendor after a decision has been made regarding a fund-raising activity or a product that will be sold as a fund-raiser. In addition, advisors for approved school organizations who make the selection of a vendor that will provide a fund-raising activity or a product that will be sold as a fund-raiser shall not enter into a contractual arrangement whereby an advisor receives compensation in any form from the vendor that provides a fund-raising activity or a product that will be sold as a fund-raiser.

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 an advisor of an approved school organization receives such compensation, albeit unsolicited, from a vendor, the individual shall notify the Treasurer, in writing, that s/he received such compensation and shall thereafter properly transmit said compensation to the Treasurer at his/her earliest opportunity.

Additionally, no employee of the School District shall solicit a charitable gift from any person who is also a School District official or employee, and whose position is subordinate to the soliciting employee.

The Superintendent shall distribute this policy and the guidelines which implement it to each student organization granted permission to solicit funds.

WVBOE Policy 1224.1