COVID safety protocols led to a different looking Lake Washington School District (LWSD) Culinary Competition this year. The event took place virtually with students cooking from their own kitchens.
Conflicts of Interest
The District is committed to ensuring the fairness and appearance of fairness in all matters pertaining to district activities and employment of administrators and staff. To that end, district employees shall not misuse their positions or district property for private gain, either directly or indirectly.
Specifically, no district employee shall engage in or have a direct or indirect economic or financial benefit in any activity which conflicts with his/her duties and responsibilities for the district. Further, no district employee may employ or use any person, money, or school property under the employee's official supervision, control or direction for the private gain of that employee or another, either directly or indirectly.
All district employees who have an actual or potential conflict of interest, should immediately disclose the conflict to the Superintendent or the designated Ethics Officer and thereafter follow the procedures set forth within 5251P, Procedure for Conflicts of Interest.
Situations where a conflict of interest may exist include, but are not limited to:
- Accepting gifts or gratuities from people who may have an interest in district activities;
- District employees having influence in contracts entered into by the District, which the employee would have a financial interest;
- Receiving economic benefit from selling or promoting the sale of goods or services to the students or their parents where the knowledge of the staff member’s relationship to the district is in any way utilized to influence the sale;
- Receiving economic benefit from the sale of instructional and training materials and/or equipment where the district has specifically engaged a staff member(s) to develop such materials or equipment (in such instances, the district will retain a proprietary interest);
- Encouraging a student who is enrolled in one or more of the teacher’s classes to take private lessons or to engage in tutoring for a fee from the staff member;
- Using, or providing for others, a list of names and home addresses obtained from school records or school-related contacts for purposes of identifying potential client or customer contacts;
- Participating in any way in the selection process for materials, books or equipment when an item developed by, or authored by, the staff member, or a member of his/her family, is under consideration for approval for district use;
- Being involved in the selection of an applicant, or in the appointment, evaluation or direct supervision of any other staff member who is a family member;
- Using the interschool mail or email to promote sales of a product in which a staff member has a financial interest;
- Providing a staff or student directory for use in promoting sales of a product or service; and
- Purchasing, or otherwise acquiring, surplus district property, where the staff member was involved in or had influence in the process of declaring the item(s) as surplus.
A district employee may use public resources to benefit others as part of the employee’s official duties, if the expenditure is of de minimus value (of little or no value; no impact on public funds) and is purchased with the consent of his/her supervisor.
Violations of district conflict of interest policy 5251 or procedure 5251P may subject an employee to disciplinary action.
Development of Procedure
The Superintendent shall establish procedures related to the following categories related to an actual or perceived conflict of interest:
- The designation of a District Ethics Officer and the procedures for reporting.
- Tutoring District students for pay.
- Accepting gifts from parents, community, vendors, or contract service groups.