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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.

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.

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