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Book: B

Section: Board Governance and Operations


Code: BCC

Status: Active

Adopted: March 19, 2003

Last Revised: December 8, 2015

This policy has been adopted to prevent conflicts of interest and the appearance of conflicts of interest in the employment and supervision of Portland Public Schools employees.


It is the policy of the Portland Board of Public Education (“Board”) not to employ as regular employees spouses and immediate family members living in the household of Board members or the Superintendent. Immediate family members, except spouses, who are employed as of the date of policy adoption, are excluded from this prohibition.


No person shall be employed in a position within the organizational jurisdiction of an administrator or supervisor who is a member of that person’s immediate family. Nor shall any person be employed in a position in which a member of the immediate family of that person is responsible, in whole or in part, for the supervision or evaluation of that person.


Employees may not participate in employment searches or appointment decisions if an immediate family member is a candidate for a position, nor shall employees use the authority or influence of their position to assist immediate family members in connection with any personnel action within the School Department.


Exceptions to this policy may be granted at the sole discretion of the Board when the Board determines that it is in the best interests of the School Department, provided that any exception is permissible under Maine statutes.


For purposes of this policy, “members of the immediate family” means:


- Husband, wife;

- Son; daughter, brother, sister, father, mother, grandfather,

  grandmother, grandson, granddaughter (including in-laws and step-

  relations); and

- Significant other and any other persons living in the employee’s household.



20-A MRSA § 1002


Cross References


BCC - Employment of Relatives.pdf (13 KB)


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