Goodland Board of Education updates nepotism policy

andy lambertAugust 27, 2013

USD 352 will be updating its nepotism policy after a 6-1 vote during last night’s Board of Education meeting.

(Full interview with Superintendent Bill Biermann about August 26 Board of Education meeting)

The Goodland school district will be adopting the main article of its new nepotism regulations from the Ulysses school district. Numerous board members agreed that the Ulysses policy minimizes the likelihood of any potential conflict of interests.


According to the USD 214 Board of Education Policy Handbook, the policy on nepotism reads:


“It is the policy of USD 214 to minimize the potential conflicts of interest which may arise from the employment of family members of district administrators, building principals, or Board of Education members. The Superintendent will inform the Board of Education of any family relationship that may presently exist and when such a relationship will be created by a new hire.”


USD 352 will add its own supervision limitations clause to the newly adopted policy, stating:


“No employee shall directly supervise or be responsible for any portion of the evaluation of his or her father, mother, brother, sister, spouse, son, daughter, step-son, step- daughter, son-in-law, or daughter-in-law.”


The previous policy, approved Nov. 12, 2007, was:


“Except in an emergency, the board will not employ anyone who is the father, mother, brother, sister, spouse, son, daughter, son-in-law, or daughter-in-law of any board member.

This provision shall not apply to any person who has been regularly employed by the board prior to the adoption of this policy or to any person who has been regularly employed by the board prior to the election or appointment of a new board member to whom the person is related.”


The term ‘nepotism’ is defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “favoritism (as in appointment to a job) based on kinship.”






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