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Steering clear of conflicts




A conflict of interest exists when a school board member is in a position to benefit financially from a decision that members may make on behalf of the district. The state’s General Municipal Law defines those situations and relationships that are deemed to be a conflict of interest.

As a school board member, you should not engage in any personal or commercial activity that presents a conflict of interest or an appearance of impropriety. You must publicly disclose the nature and extent of any personal interest in any proposed contract or agreement that comes before the board and recuse yourself from voting if appropriate. You must never use your position as a board member to benefit yourself or a family member, and you must keep confidential all matters that you are privy to as a board member that would constitute a violation of the law to disclose. A board member is not deemed to have a prohibited conflict of interest on the basis of his or her spouse’s employment with the district.

To learn more about conflicts of interest and ethical behavior for school board members, read NYSSBA's Model Code of Ethics.




Steering clear of conflicts

A conflict of interest exists when a school board member is in a position to benefit financially from a decision that members may make on behalf of the district.

As a school board member, you should not engage in any personal or commercial activity that presents a conflict of interest or an appearance of impropriety.

You must publicly disclose any personal interest in any proposed contract or agreement that comes before the board and recuse yourself from voting if appropriate.

You must never use your position as a board member to benefit yourself or a family member, and you must keep confidential all matters that you are privy to as a board member that would constitute a violation of the law to disclose.

Read NYSSBA's Model Code of Ethics or refer to the state's General Municipal Law for more information.