Rio Nuevo adopts ethics policy

2014-02-12T14:00:00Z 2014-02-12T14:13:08Z Rio Nuevo adopts ethics policyDarren DaRonco Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

It may come as no surprise to some that Rio Nuevo lacked an official ethics policy.

But not any more.

The board unanimously adopted a policy Tuesday afternoon that delineates expectations and sets behavior guidelines.

There wasn’t any recent malfeasance or ethical issue that prompted the policy, said Fletcher McCusker, the board's chairman.

A board such as Rio Nuevo should have clearly stated rules to promote transparency and maintain a board’s integrity, he said.

In other Rio Nuevo news, the district’s name change contest reached it’s deadline last month.

Just over 100 entries were submitted by area high school seniors in search of the contest’s scholarship dollars, said Nancy Montoya from NonProfit News Source, the company hired to run the contest.

Rio Nuevo board members must now choose the six winners of a $500 scholarship. An overall winner to receive an additional $1,000 scholarship.

Both the University of Arizona and Pima Community College said they would match the Rio Nuevo scholarships if the winning students attended either institution.

The naming contest is expected to cost Rio Nuevo $6,000.

Some board members believe a new name might alleviate the negative connotations many Tucsonans associate with Rio Nuevo.

Others are skeptical.

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