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Local Government and School Accountability

Protecting the Public’s Interest

A Tutorial on Local Government Ethics and Transparency in New York State

Module 3 - Case Studies on Conflicts of Interest

Situation 10

A member of a board of education of a school district also serves as a member of the board of trustees of a not-for-profit foundation that gives money to the school district. The gifts made by the foundation are formally accepted on behalf of the school district by resolution of the board of education.

Does this individual have a prohibited interest in a contract? Why or why not? Are there any other issues with which the school district should be concerned?

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