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Board Policy
Descriptor Code: GAG
Staff Conflict of Interest  
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The Atlanta Board of Education desires that the Atlanta Public Schools operate in the most ethical and conscientious manner possible and herein stipulates provisions and requirements that are applicable to all APS employees. All employees shall avoid any conflict of interest or the appearance of such conflict with their professional responsibilities. The Board provides the policy written below with the full knowledge that the good judgment of each employee is essential, and that no list of rules or guidelines can provide direction for all circumstances that arise. Employees who have questions about a potential conflict of interest must discuss the situation with the immediate supervisor, the Office of Internal Resolution and/or the Ethics Officer in the Law Department. The Board authorizes the Superintendent to develop administrative regulations to implement this policy.


Conflict of Interest

  1. Each employee has a duty to act in the best interest of the students and the school system.
  2. No employee shall do business directly with the district.
  3. No employee shall do business indirectly with the district without full disclosure by September 1st of each year.
  4. No APS employee shall use his or her influence or authority as an APS official to sell or effect a sale, directly or indirectly, for personal gain, to the district or to any APS employee.
  5. No APS employee shall disclose confidential information concerning the system's intentions, its investments, its property development, sale, acquisition, its purchasing or contracting activities.
  6. Employees shall not accept a gift, favor, loan, reward, political contribution, gratuity, entertainment, transportation, lodging, or meal from students, parents, or persons who conduct business with the district except those of nominal value (less than $50.00), which must be disclosed to the immediate supervisor and the Department of Internal Auditing. Advertising items and instructional products that are widely distributed may be accepted. (Refer to Policy GAJB).
  7. No APS employee shall accept outside employment or business activity with obligations which may conflict, or appear to conflict, with the interests of APS, nor shall the employee conduct activities related to outside employment during the school/business day.
  8. No APS employee shall advertise business or professional services or use system resources for personal or commercial enterprise.
  9. No APS employee shall use his/her influence or authority as an APS official to affect the employment of an immediate relative, including hourly employees, contractors and vendors. Such influence and/or authority includes participation in decisions regarding hiring, reappointment, placement, evaluation, rate of pay, salary increases, promotion, tenure,
    monetary awards and/or discipline even when the related employees are not in the same line of supervision or authority.
  10. No APS employee shall use his/her influence or authority as an APS official to affect the employment of an employee with whom he/she is engaged in a dating, romantic or sexual relationship, including hourly employees, contractors and vendors. Such influence and/or authority includes participations in decisions regarding hiring, reappointment, placement, evaluation, rate of pay, salary increases, promotion, tenure, monetary awards and/or discipline even when the employees are not in the same line of supervision or authority.
  11. No APS employee may occupy a position in the same line of authority as an immediate relative.
  12. No APS employees involved in dating, romantic or sexual relationships may occupy positions in the same line of authority. If two employees marry and one employee will be in a position of supervision or authority over the other, APS will attempt to find a new assignment for one of them, so they will be organizationally separate under the spirit and application of this policy. If APS is unable to do so, the couple shall decide which spouse will remain in the employ of APS. The execution of this action shall occur within a reasonable time frame as determined by the Executive Director.
  13. APS prohibits the employment of relatives of a management employee in any capacity where approvals, authorization, verifications or direct supervision of financial transactions are any part of either position.


For the purpose of this policy, immediate relatives are defined as individuals who are related by blood, marriage or adoption, including, but not limited to, the following relationships: spouse, child, step-child, parent, step-parent, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, step-sibling, half-sibling, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, parent-inlaw, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, brother-in-law and sister-in-law. A spouse is a partner in marriage. If a relative, dating, romantic or sexual relationship exists between employees in the same line of authority, it is the responsibility and obligation of the highest-level employee to immediately meet all reporting requirements regarding disclosure of the relationship.


Consultants or temporary employees who are retained by APS shall be subject to this policy.


In the event that a potential conflict of interest situation arises, the employee who suspects the conflict should notify the immediate supervisor, the Office of Internal Resolution and/or the Ethics Officer in the Law Department. Employees who perform this reporting function in good faith will not be subject to any reprisal. Any employee who violates the policy shall be subject to discipline up to and including termination of employment. Any contract or subcontract made in violation of this policy may be voided by the Board and subject to termination for the Board's convenience.

Cross-references with policies: GAI, GAJB, JLA, CB, GCB

 

Atlanta City Schools
Date Adopted:  11/13/2000
Last Revised:  2/9/2009

Policy Reference Disclaimer: These references are not intended to be part of the policy itself, nor do they indicate the basis or authority for the board to enact this policy. Instead, they are provided as additional resources for those interested in the subject matter of the policy.

Note: The State of Georgia has moved the Georgia Code. This new environment no longer allows us to link directly to the Georgia Code. For example enter 20-02-0211 in the search window and the Georgia Code will appear.
State Code Description
O.C.G.A. 16-10-0001 Public officer - willful violation of terms of oath
O.C.G.A. 20-02-0101 Appointment of school superintendents
O.C.G.A. 20-02-0058.1 "Immediate family" defined; employment of family members