Board changes policy on school board members as employees
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Apparently, a Chase County Schools’ policy on school board members and conflict of interest was in violation of state law.
That’s what board members learned since several agenda items including the hiring of board member Sheila Stromberger as a school secretary, election of board officers and naming of board committees were tabled at the February meeting.
Since last month’s meeting, Supt. Matt Fisher made another contact with their school board association attorney in Lincoln.
Attorney Rex Schulze said it appeared Chase County Schools’ policy, “if read to preclude a board member from ‘contracting’ to be a non-certified employee of the school district,” was contrary to state law.
In effect, Schulze said, the CCS policy put a greater restriction on board membership than the state does, and that cannot be done.
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