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School Ethics Commission Decisions
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A22-96 Board member would violate the Act if she served on the board of trustees of a charter school in the same district. 2/25/97
A23-97 Board member in regional school district may start personal business privately advising college bound students without violating the Act. 10/28/97
A30-97 Assistant Superintendent who is a partner in a day care center would violate Act by bidding on contract to provide programs for the school district's pre-school children. 2/04/98
A05-98 Business Administrator/Board Secretary would not violate the Act by being a member of the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials (NJASBO) if her Board votes to participate in an investment program that the NJASBO plans to sponsor. 4/29/1998


A13-98 It would be a violation of N.J.S.A. 18A:12-24(d) of the School Ethics Act for board members whose districts send students to a charter school to serve on the Board of Trustees of the charter school. 7/30/98
A14-98 Non-voting members of the board of trustees of a charter school who held positions as officers on the board could not simultaneously hold a contract with the charter school to provide financial services or be employed by the charter school without violating N.J.S.A. 18A:12-24(d) of the School Ethics Act. 7/30/98
A05-99 A Charter School Trustee would be in violation of N.J.S.A. 18A:12-24(a) and (c) if the law firm in which he was a partner were appointed by the Charter School to represent it in a zoning matter. 4/28/99
A14-99 Board member whose spouse is a founder of a proposed charter school that will serve children from his district does not have a conflict in violation of N.J.S.A. 18A:12-24(a) the Act, but should abstain from any discussions and votes whether to recommend the creation of the school. 11/23/99



Board member would not violate the Act if he or she served as President of the local Parent Teachers’ Association in the same district, but would be prohibited from voting on matters involving the PTA, N.J.S.A. 18A:12-24(c), representing the PTA before the Board, N.J.S.A. 18A:12-24(g), or using information not available to the public for the financial gain of the PTA, N.J.S.A. 18A:12-24(f). 5/23/00



Board member who is the executive director of a company that is the landlord to a charter school would not violate N.J.S.A. 18A:12-24(d) if she were to serve as a trustee of a charter school. However, she would violate N.J.S.A. 18A:12-24(c) if she were to participate in discussions or vote on matters having to do with the lease or future purchase of property.

A16-04 Board member would not violate the Act if she served as a co-facilitator of a Special Education Parent Discussion Group, but should remain mindful of her duty to maintain the confidentiality of any information that she acquires by reason of her office. 7/27/04
A17-04 Board member would not violate the Act if he continued his employment with an architectural firm that is contracted by the Board, but he must recuse himself from all discussions, actions, resolutions and votes pertaining to the area of architecture. 7/26/04
A31-05 Board member, who is employed as a police officer in the city where the district is located, would violate the N.J.S.A. 18A:12-24(a) and (d) of the Act if she were to be appointed by her employer as the district’s School Resource Officer and maintain her seat on the board.  In addition, she could violate N.J.S.A. 18A:12-24.1(c) and (j) due to her extensive contacts with students and staff. 2/10/06

The Commission advised that a board member would not violate N.J.S.A. 18A:12-24(c), if s/he were to serve as a paid sports official at athletic meets in the district in which s/he serves, given: an “assignor” is responsible for assigning officials to officiate athletic events; all sports officials are assigned through an assignor and sports officials do not solicit assignments; board member would receive compensation from the district for your officiating duties, but such compensation has been negotiated by the league for school athletic directors for all area sports for both high schools and middle schools. 

A05-12 School administrator would violate the School Ethics Act if s/he served as a paid consultant to companies that do business with the district.