The Massachusetts Conflict of Interest Law, MGL Ch. 268A, governs the
conduct of School Committee members and other public officials and
employees. This law ensures that the private financial interests and
relationships of School Committee members and other public officials do
not conflict with their official responsibilities.
In addition to acknowledging their obligations and responsibilities
under this law, the School Committee specifically recognizes and
endorses the following supplemental provisions. No School Committee
accept other employment which will impair his/her independence of judgment in the exercise of his/her official duties.
accept employment or engage in any business or professional activity
which will require him/her to disclose confidential information which
he/she has gained by reason of his/her official position or authority.
improperly disclose confidential information acquired by him/her in
the course of official duties, nor use such information to further
use or attempt to use official position to secure unwarranted privileges or exemptions for self or others.
by his/her conduct give reasonable basis for the impression that any
person can improperly influence him/her or unduly enjoy his/her favor in
the performance of official duties, or that he/she is unduly
affected by the kinship, rank, position or influence of any party or
pursue a course of conduct which will raise suspicion among the
public that he/she is likely to be engaged in acts that are in violation
If a School Committee member has a conflict of interest, as defined
by Massachusetts law, about a topic being discussed by the School
Committee, he/she must recuse himself/herself from any discussion or
vote on that topic. During meetings in public session, he/she will move
out of his/her seat at the table and refrain from reacting during the
discussion. During meetings in executive session, he/she will not be in
the room during the discussion or vote.
A member’s financial or relationship conflicts of interest, or
potential conflicts of interest must be filed on appropriate forms with
the Town Clerk.
Region Voted to Approve: 3/29/11
Amherst Voted to Approve: 4/26/11
Pelham Voted to Approve: 8/11/11