Fox C-6 Incumbents Double Down on Hiring

18 Mar

Arnold Patch has published its Fox C-6 school board candidate questionnaires, and rightfully, the candidates were asked about the district’s hiring practices as they pertain to relatives of school employees and board members. Here’s the question, and the answers provided by the two incumbents, Pete Nicholas and Ruth Ann Newman:

There has been some opposition regarding the hiring of relatives within the district. How do you plan to address this moving forward?

Nicholas:

The Fox C-6 School District has a fair and strong hiring process. Many of the candidates go through extensive screening and interviews to earn a position. These interviews consist of committees of 3-8 participants. If a person is selected by the committee and supported by the administration, then the best person gets the position. Fox has always hired the best quality candidates, and it shows in the recognitions received from the State for the last 12 years.

In other words, nothing to see here folks, move along, the fact that relatives keep getting hired is merely a coincidence. (Come on, even Bill Moritz knows there’s a problem!)

Newman:

I think that I have mentioned this – we ARE trying to come up with a better way! For a while, we did have a stronger nepotism policy, and it didn’t work. There were truly good people that we could not hire, and other districts reaped the benefits. Hiring people from the community instills a sense of pride in our schools! If I was told that I could not teach in the Fox Schools because my mother was a teacher, I would have been crushed! This district is truly a part of me!

She also mentioned the issue under question 3:

I am satisfied with what we have done. However, there is always room for improvement. Right now, hiring is a concern. We are working on that! I feel that the District does a lot with what we have available. We hire good people who work hard and take pride in what they do.

Give her credit for at least acknowledging a bit of a problem. But the time for acknowledgement is past, the time for action is at hand, and what action has she taken on this?

The Fox board needs to be cleaned up. Only 1/4 of the board is up for re-election on April 2, but this election will indicate to the board what the community will stand for. If Nicholas and Newman are returned to the board, the whole board will know that business as usual can continue, and that whatever citizen disapproval that may arise from time to time can be safely ignored.

Read Patch’s interview with candidate Mark Jones. Everything he says there is right on. I am especially pleased to see him mention the issue of  central administrative overhead. This is one of the major issues facing education in this country – bloated, overpaid administrative staffs that suck the money and common sense out of our schools. The fact that C-6 feels the need to expand its central office is a clue that there are just too many administrators.

As for the second candidate to give your vote to, I don’t yet know. I am open to suggestions in the comments.

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2 Responses to “Fox C-6 Incumbents Double Down on Hiring”

  1. Brutus March 18, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    That’s just sad

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