How can school districts avoid conflicts of interest when navigating school district construction contracts?
Texas school law attorney, Wayne Haglund, explains how school districts can stay clear of legal and ethical conflicts when constructing new school property.
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They can avoid that, of course, the Texas legislature’s been very active in that area in the last session. And by and large now, it is prohibited for board members to have any contact with prospective bidders on this type of project. And there are consequences and penalties if that contact exists. For a number of years also in Texas we’ve had requirements of disclosure in advance by board members and in some institutions by policy. It’s also required that disclosure be made by key administrators as to whether they’ve had any contact or any interest in and that is the interest in is defined in statute as well, in anyone who is bidding or trying to do business with the educational institution.