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GRSD HIRE
(2007-08-29)
(wgvu) - ONE OF THE HIGHEST-PAID ADMINISTRATIVE JOBS IN THE GRAND RAPIDS SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS BEEN FILLED BY A PERSON WHO APARENTLY FAILED TO MEET A REQUIREMENT OF THE OFFICIAL POSTING.
EARLY IN JUNE, THE DISTRICT BEGAN ADVERTISING FOR AN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNIATIONS AND EXTERNAL AFFAIRS. THE POSITION, AT $95,000 A YEAR, HAS BEEN FILLED---BUT THERE ARE QUESTIONS ON WHETHER THE NEW HIRE HAS THE REQUISITE EDUCATION THE DISTRICT SET FORTH.
THE OFFICIAL POSTING STATES A BACHELOR'S DEGREE IS REQUIRED, AND THAT A MASTER'S, LAW OR OTHER ADVANCED DEGREE IS PREFERRED.
BUT A STORY IN THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS INDICATES THE PERSON WHO GOT THE JOB ATTENDED MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY FOR THREE YEARS, BUT SAYS NOTHING ABOUT ANY DEGREE.
CALLS TO THE DISTRICT HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT WENT UNRETURNED. REACHED VIA TELEPHONE, GRAND RAPIDS SUPERINTENDENT DR. BERNARD TAYLOR DISCLAIMED KNOWLEDGE OF THE SITUATION. ASKED REPEATEDLY ABOUT DISTRICT EMPLOYMENT POLICES, AND WHETHER WAS ACCEPTABLE TO HIRE A CANDIDATE WHO FAILED TO MEET POSTED REQUIREMENTS, TAYLOR WOULD SAY ONLY THAT THE HIRING WAS CONSISTENT WITH DISTRICT POLICY AND WITH THE TERMS OF HIS CONTRACT.
HE DECLINED COMMENT ON THE SPECFIC SUBJECT AT HAND, CALLING IT A PERSONNEL MATTER, AND POINTED OUT THAT THIS WAS AN ADMINISTRATIVE POSITION, NOT A TEACHING POSITION.
SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT KEN HOSKINS INDICATED HE WAS UNAWARE OF THE SITUATION, EVEN THOUGH THE BOARD DID APPROVE THE HIRING. HOSKINS HAS PROMISED TO MAKE SOME PHONE CALLS AND LOOK INTO THE SITUATION.
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