AN ACT TO REQUIRE ETHICS TRAINING FOR CERTAIN SCHOOL EMPLOYEES AND TO REQUIRE THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SCHOOL FINANCE OFFICERS' EMPLOYMENT TO MIRROR THOSE OF ASSISTANT AND ASSOCIATE SUPERINTENDENTS.
Enacts GS 115C-335.15, creating a new requirement for all school employees involved in the making and administering of contracts to receive a minimum of two hours of ethics training once every odd-numbered year. Defines school employees involved in the making and administering of contracts to have the meaning given in GS 14-234(b) (appears to intend subsection (a1), which includes oversight of contract performance, authority over contract decisions or interpretation, participation in the development of specifications or terms or in the preparation or award of the contract, but not solely because of the performance of ministerial duties related to the contract). Requires initial training within 90 days of assuming responsibility of making and administering contracts; subsequent training to be conducted once every odd-numbered year; training to include position-specific education on conflicts of interest and ethical standards of conduct; and training provided by the NC Association of School Administrators, the NC School Boards Association, the UNC School of Government, or other qualified sources at the choice of the local board of education. Requires all school employees involved in the making or administering of contracts as of the effective date of the act to receive initial training within six months of the effective date of the act.
Amends GS 115C-435 to now require the terms and conditions of employment for school finance officers to mirror those for assistant superintendents and associate superintendents as outlined in GS 115C-278(b) and (c), as amended. Makes organizational changes to the existing language of GS 115C-278, placing the provisions setting out parameters for the terms of employment for assistant superintendents and associate superintendents into new subsections (b) and (c). Makes conforming deletion to GS 115C-435, which previously provided for the school finance officer to serve at the pleasure of the superintendent.
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