Roby CISD Board gets an ethics lesson

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In preparation for hosting its own bond election in May, the Roby CISD Board of Trustees underwent ethics training Monday to better understand differences between providing the public with information and advocating for or against the proposed bond, especially in regards to the use of public funds.

Mike Holmberg with WRA Architects out of Dallas conducted Monday night’s ethics training, as the district prepares to host a special election in May. WRA joined the ranks alongside Live Oak Public Finance and Gallagher Construction Services in August 2019 and was instrumental in assisting the district’s 22-member committee preparing the bond proposal earlier this year.

Holmberg explained the broad strokes of the dos and don’t for any school district as it gets ready for a bond election, including what board members, administrators, and school employees should and should not say while in their official capacity of school representatives. He touched on the laws that govern bond elections and district’s role during those elections, and while he admitted there was a good deal of information that goes into the ethics of bond elections, what much of it boils down to is the use of political advertising.

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