Monday December 9, 2013
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I applaud the school board for not falling into the trap of making a blanket rule against the hiring of family members. Such rules do far more harm than good.
Rules against hiring family members within the same district, or even on the same campus, are after all based on the suspicion that something "might" happen.
How much better, and more sensible, it is to just let people be hired, or not hired, based on their qualifications. There are plenty of avenues open to anyone who feels that someone has been hired for any other reason, and if you give it even a moment's thought you'll see that the last thing a board member, superintendent, or administrator wants is to live under the constant suspicion that something improper has been done.
The comment that making such rules cuts into the number of qualified applicants is true. I have seen at least thirty pairs of married couples or related individuals who chose educational careers. In a small town like Payson, when you make it impossible for a spouse or relative to get a job, you limit the of people who can come here.
Rules about such things are unnecessary and insulting. Don't make them.
Board President Barbara Underwood's comment, “We have been inconsistent in the past,” shows that in the past the board has exercised the good judgment to treat each case as a separate issue. I see nothing wrong with them continuing to do that.
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