The Board of Education is committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct, integrity and accountability. The Board also has a responsibility for the stewardship of District resources and the public support that enables it to pursue its Mission. In September of 2009 the Board of Education approved Policy 208 – Confidential Disclosure: Reporting and Investigating Allegations of Financial Irregularity. On February 26, 2020 the Board of Education approved amendments to Policy 208 to include criminal activity. The Policy name was amended to: Confidential Disclosure: Reporting and Investigating Allegations of Financial Irregularity or Criminal Activity.
Should anyone have concerns regarding an incident of financial misconduct or criminal activity, a report may be made to a supervisor, the Superintendent of Schools/CEO, another senior member of District staff, a School Trustee, or to the RCMP if considered a criminal act. In addition, a confidential, anonymous report concerning suspected financial impropriety or criminal activity may be made through our independent third party Whistleblower Service.
Financial misconduct would include:
- manipulation of accounting records and finances;
- inappropriate use of District assets or funds;
- decision making for personal gain;
- financial fraud and deceit;
- serious breaches of District procedure which may financially advantage a particular party;
- criminal activity.
To make a report, you may contact Robert E. Groves Legal Services at 250-712-9363, or in writing, marked ‘confidential’, and addressed to Robert E. Groves Legal Services, #210 – 347 Leon Avenue, Kelowna, B.C., V1Y 8C7. The report should contain particulars of the alleged improper activity and the name and affiliation of each person involved.