Question: Conflict of Interest

Last year the Presidents of our PTO contracted with parent owned company to provide services to the school for $2500. The company then asked one of them to be a board member. No other bids were obtained for this same service and no formal voting/approval process was followed throughout the year for this or other spending. This board member is a co-president again this year and has plans to continue these services. Any advice on this conflict and the lack of formal procedures? Thank you.

Asked by Anonymous



Advice from PTO Today

Rose H writes:
Hi there,
Very simply, that should not be happening. You can take a look at your group's bylaws to see if there is a conflict of interest statement. If one doesn't exist, it would be a great idea to amend the bylaws. In the meantime, not sure if you are comfortable doing it, but someone needs to raise a flag here about this conflict. Here's a sample conflict of interest policy template that may help the process:

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