Stephanie Bruce is director of school nutrition services for Palm Springs USD in California. Like many in her position, she has had to deal with legal/ethical issues involving areas like bidding, procurement, vendor relations and the acceptance of gifts and complimentary products. She has made a study of the issues and gave a presentation on the subject at SNA’s School Nutrition Industry Conference in January. FM spoke with her afterward. Here are highlights from that conversation.
Avoiding ethics landmines in K-12 procurement
Seems like a week doesn’t go by without a story of someone in a school purchasing position getting into hot water. Here is some guidance from a director who’s made of study of the issue on how to stay clear of potential trouble.