Policy 5224 - Prohibition of Contracts with Employees for Goods and Services

The Kimberly School Board of Trustees determined that it is in the best interest of the District to avoid the appearance of impropriety and to avoid potential conflicts of interest in the purchase of goods and services.

Accordingly, the Kimberly School District will not purchase goods or services which cost $500.00 or more, from any business which is owned, wholly or in a percentage of 25% or greater, by an employee of the District or by any person related to any employee of the District, by blood or marriage, within the second degree; spouses and adult co-habitants.  This prohibition expressly includes any business owned, wholly or in a percentage of 25% or greater, by the spouse, or adult co-habitant of a District employee.

Further, with regard to any technology equipment or computer equipment purchase, each purchase order is to indicate the purchase in question, the amount to be paid and have attached three written statements indicating bids or research regarding the price of the subject equipment. The District will purchase such equipment from the lowest of all prices, regardless of ownership of the business.

This prohibition does not apply to the purchase of goods or services from any publicly traded company or corporation for which any employee may hold an equity interest through the ownership of publicly traded shares of stock.

Where there are less than three (3) suppliers of a good or a service within a fifteen (15) mile radius of the District’s property, it shall not be a violation of this Board Policy for the District to purchase a good or service from a District employee, spouse or adult co-habitant of a District employee, or relative of a District employee as defined above, if the good or service is reasonably necessary to respond to a disaster or sudden and unexpected emergency.

Employees coming within the definition of the above prohibition shall have the responsibility to disclose to the District, prior to the completion of any sale of goods or services, their precise interest in the business supplying the goods or services. Failure to make such disclosure will result in disciplinary measures, up to and including possible termination of employment for violation of District Board Policies.

It is the employee’s responsibility to disclose to the district, prior the completion of any purchase of goods and/or services, any interest they or their family may have in a business.

Code of Ethics of the Idaho Teaching Profession

ADOPTED:     Nov. 21, 2002