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  • Section B: Board Governance and Operations


It is the intent of this policy to ensure that employment practices comply with Maine’s “prohibited appointments and employment” statute, 20-A §MRSA 1002 and to avoid favoritism and the appearance of favoritism in employment practices.


For the purpose of this policy:

A. “Immediate family” means spouse, brother, sister, parent, son, or daughter.

B. “Administrative supervision” refers to the authority of a person in the position of assistant principal, principal or higher.


It shall be the policy of the RSU 21 School Board not to employ as school unit staff any person who is a member of the immediate family of a Board member or of the Superintendent. 

By Maine law (20-A MRSA § 1002(2)), a Board member’s spouse is precluded from employment under any circumstances in any public school within the jurisdiction of the Board to which the member is elected. 

Supervision and Evaluation

No person shall be employed in or assigned to a position that is within the administrative supervision of a member of his/her immediate family, nor in a position in which he/she is supervised or evaluated, in whole or in part, by a member of his/her immediate family.


Under Maine law (20-A MRSA § 1002(2-A)), a board member or a board member’s spouse may not serve as a volunteer when that volunteer has primary responsibility for a curricular, co-curricular, or extracurricular program or activity and reports directly to the superintendent, principal, assistant principal, athletic director, or other school administrator within the jurisdiction of the Board.

Legal Reference: 20-A M.R.S.A. § 1002

Cross Reference: BCB – Board Member Conflict of Interest

GAB – Job Descriptions

GDA – Support Staff Positions

GDGF – Support Staff Employment

IJOC – School Volunteers

Reviewed: 01/25/2010

Reviewed: 06/19/2017

Reviewed: 11/30/2020

Reviewed:  6/6/22


  • Section B