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5000 Recruitment and Selection of Staff

Responsible Governance 

It is the policy of the School Board that staff recruitment and selection directly support the needs of the District by maintaining an unrelenting focus on continued improvement of the quality of teaching and learning within our schools.  Staff shall be recruited in a timely manner and selected to support and strengthen the learning needs of our students.  Decisions about hiring, assigning, or transferring staff are based on maximizing the selected skills of staff members within various District programs and schools.  Applicable collective bargaining agreement language shall be followed when hiring, assigning, or transferring staff. 

The Superintendent or their designee is authorized to develop hiring guidelines to ensure that federal, state, and local laws are followed when screening, interviewing, and hiring applicants.  The District will provide screening and oversight to ensure that the most qualified candidates are referred to hiring teams.  The District expects hiring teams to reflect the diversity of our schools and community.  The Superintendent or their designee has the final authority for candidate selection.  The School Board approves of all newly hired employees in the monthly personnel report.   

The School Board recognizes that developing and extending the skills of current staff adds value to the organization, and advocates that staff performing at an outstanding level be considered for leadership opportunities.      

Creating Conditions for Student and Staff Success 

It is the policy of the School Board that the employment of a diverse work force is desired, particularly in positions that have regular interactions with our diverse student population.  For purposes of this policy diversity includes, but is not limited to the classifications listed in Board Policy No. 5010, Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action.  The School Board encourages the District to pursue an innovative recruitment strategy in order to recruit a more diverse work force, and monitor and report on the numbers of recruits who are identified from a diverse range of backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities. 

Staff positions are approved by the School Board to support the District’s comprehensive program of education.  New positions are established by the Superintendent as needed.  Selection of staff is based on which candidate is the most qualified for the position, and is made pursuant to the District’s standard screening, interview, reference check process, collective bargaining agreements, and legal requirements. 

Annual Review of Staffing Levels and Needs  

On an annual basis, schools and departments shall review staffing levels as part of the budget process.  The filling of individual positions is done with consideration of salary issues, budget parameters, collective bargaining agreements, and legal requirements.  

Community Engagement and Outreach in Recruitment  

To successfully recruit staff, the School Board supports efforts that actively and strategically market the District’s strengths to possible candidates.  The School Board supports communications to staff, professional associations, employee bargaining units, teacher and professional preparation programs in higher education, students, parents, and the larger community to inform them of the District’s hiring needs, particularly for difficult-to-staff positions.  The District is committed to hiring those people best prepared and able to support the District’s efforts to improve teaching and learning for all students.