As a teacher, the last 29 years, I have seen school systems continue to discriminate in supplementary employment opportunities in schools. Most supplementary opportunity positions except Head Football and Head Basketball Coach Positions are hired through the local schools. The local schools are required to post supplemental openings but many times the local principal or athletic director posts the job after he or she has already hired the person for the position without even being aware of the qualifications of the individuals in the building or the school system who might be interested in the supplementary position. Many times this is a way to give their friends at the school supplemental income. I also have seen them wait until school was out to post the positions so fewer individuals would even be aware of the post as school is out. I have seen so many qualified individuals who did not even have a chance to apply for these positions because they did not even know the positions were open until the posts, but in reality, they did not have an opportunity at that point because the post was just to follow the procedure as the decision as to who to hire, was already made, before the principal or athletic director posted the position.
IMO, this is really wrong. The correct county policy for supplemental positions like department heads, coaches, gate managers/gym managers or athletic directors, etc should be to require the administrators to post the positions for a few days and require at the minimum that the principal or athletic director review a resume of qualifications before making decisions. We need the most qualified individuals in these positions. Coaches in particular impact our children’s lives. The least we should expect is for local administrators to take the time to post the positions and review qualifications before making selections. This also would prevent the still occurring discriminatory employment practices within our schools in these extremely important areas. I do feel many qualifications should be considered but there is no excuse for already hiring individuals before posting jobs. This is not fair to the children, the individuals who do not have fair opportunities at job opportunities or to the taxpayers.
What do you think? Do you feel this policy needs to be corrected by the school board?