The school board now has an official conflict of interest policy for its members.
The board adopted the new policy last week at the recommendation of the N.C. School Boards Association. The board has been reviewing its policies for the past several months, including adopting an ethics policy in March.
Previously, the only reference to conflicts of interest was at the tail end of a policy on performance of duties which said board members should "have no business interests which will conflict with the activities of the Board."
In contrast, the State Board of Education has a conflict of interest warning read aloud at the start of every meeting.
The new Wake policy lists several things that board members should not do, including "influence or attempt to influence for personal gain the selection of a vendor or contractor on behalf of the school system."
Click here to read the new policy.