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Limestone school board wants more hiring information

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com · 340-2432

After approving a new contract for the superintendent Thursday, the Limestone County school board complained in a following work session that he’s not giving them enough information on personnel recommendations.

School board member Earl Glaze asked Superintendent Barry Carroll to include where a proposed hire will be placed on the salary schedule and the supporting experience information for this placement.

Glaze said that the board approved two employees this summer who he found out later received a better placement that he thought their experience deserved.

“Their placement (on the salary schedule) could affect my vote,” Glaze said.

School board member John Wayne King said he would base his personnel votes on the candidate and experience.

Carroll said he disagreed with Glaze on the placement of the two employees, but he would comply with the board’s wishes.

He suggested including on the personnel recommendations the employee’s experience and his or her placement on the salary schedule, pending experience verification, as some area school boards do.

Other complaints

Glaze and Darin Russell also complained that Carroll and the central office are missing out on good employees because they’re interviewing candidates and making hiring decisions before the end of a two-week advertising of a vacant position that the law requires.

The board met almost every two weeks during the summer, so Carroll would often make an official recommendation on the evening after the period for accepting applications closed at 4:30 p.m.

Carroll, however, often included these recommendations in the meeting packet that the board gets on the Thursday before the Monday meeting and the application period closed.

Carroll said he and other school officials are trying to move quickly in their hiring because of the competition among school systems for qualified employees particularly in hard-to-find areas like science and special education.

He said the school system would risk losing these candidates if it must wait until the two-week posting requirement ends to begin interviews.

He said he would be willing to push back the meetings a day if necessary.

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