Question: Although expected in a small community, I am concerned that there may be too many ‘Conflicts of Interest’, among members of the BOE and BPCSD Administration.
Answer: Several BOE members have family and friends who work in the district. They were also duly elected to their positions by the taxpayers. It's perfectly acceptable for you to express concerns about their interests. It's also important that every decision made isn't treated as tainted just because of these relationships - somehow the business of the board must be done and these are the volunteers who have been elected to do it. Board of Education positions open each year and anyone can run.
Everyone involved is aware that this concern exists. Both the perception and the reality of such conflicts are topics of conversation during our meetings. Whenever decisions of the Board deal with family those members are required to abstain from voting.
-answered by Ed Szumowski, Board of Education Vice President