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Board Member Questions Hiring Practice At District 186

Updated: Tuesday, July 22 2014, 11:20 PM CDT
Are hiring practices at District 186 fair? That's the question one board member wants answered after employees already working in District 186 say they were turned down for full time employment, even though they felt  qualified to fill the permanent position.

The concerns are in the Operations and Maintenance Department which handles hundreds of jobs from food service staff to painters. Similar to teaching positions, there are substitute positions to fill the void when permanent staff is out. Some who been in those part-time, entry level positions, say they have been turned down for full time employment.

Board Member Judy Johnson says substitutes haven't been getting offered permanent positions, specifically in the Operations and Maintenance Department.      

"If they are qualified to work in the district year after year then they are qualified for permanent positions," said Johnson.

Johnson says a number of employees have come to her with concerns after working on a fill in basis for more than 3 years. She says what that means for those working on a part time, substitute basis is the inability to have job security and the inability to have full time employment and benefits

"They call me and they stop by the house and they tell me what's going on. So we need to get it in proper order. That's why I am saying hires need to come through 1900. This is a total district, not a separate entity," said Johnson.

1900 is the district's main office. Johnson asked Superintendent Jennifer Gill and her cabinet for a list from the last 5 years of how many employees have been hired and how many were already serving as a substitute within the district.

"I'm not sure that exactly there is a problem but I think what Mrs. Johnson is asking is for us to unpack that a little bit and give her some more information about how the hiring practices work. Obviously some people felt they were qualified and maybe didn't get a position and I wanted to see what the concerns are out there," said Superintendent Jennifer Gill.

Gill says hiring practices for all departments at District 186 are the same. Jobs are posted on the internet, applicants apply and department heads are provided with a list of qualified candidates to be interviewed.

"They will sometimes ask people from our central office to sit in and I think that's what board member Johnson is looking for. Just what is our process," said Gill.

Superintendent Jennifer Gill has given no time frame of when those numbers will be provided, but she is glad concerns are being brought to her directly at school board meetings.

Board Member Judy Johnson says there have been several open positions in the past that have been filled by applicants outside the district.Board Member Questions Hiring Practice At District 186

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