“Family or family member” means:
“Initially employed” means:
The district shall not initially employ a present board member’s family member for compensation in excess of $5,000 unless the district has received approval from the Commissioner of the Department of Education. The employment of a present board member’s family member shall only be made in unusual and limited circumstances. The authority to make the determination of what qualifies as “unusual and limited circumstances” rests with the Commissioner of the Department of Education whose approval is required before the employment contract is effective, valid, or enforceable.
Initial employment for a sum of less than $5,000 per employment contract or, in the absence of an employment contract, calendar year does not come under the purview of this policy and is permitted.
The board member whose family member is proposed for an employment contract, regardless of the dollar amount of the contract, shall leave the meeting until the voting on the issue is concluded and the absent member shall not be counted as having voted.
Qualified family members of board members may be employed by the district as substitute teachers, substitute cafeteria workers, or substitute bus drivers for a period of time not to exceed thirty (30) days per fiscal year.
A family member of a school board member having worked as a substitute for the district in the past does not “grandfather” the substitute. The thirty (30) day maximum limit is applied in all cases.
Any change in the terms or conditions of an employment contract including length of contract, a promotion, or a change in the employment status of a present board member’s family member that would result in an increase in compensation of more than $2,500, and that is not part of a state mandated salary increase for the employee in question, must be approved by the Commissioner of the Department of Education before such changes in the employment status is effective, valid, or enforceable.
The employment status of a citizen’s family member does not affect that citizen’s ability to run for, and, if elected, serve the school board provided he/she meets all other statutory eligibility requirements.
Legal References: A.C.A. § 6-24-102, 105
Date Adopted: 11/14/17