Archive for Thursday, February 16, 2006

School board says no to BHS custodian

February 16, 2006

After a long discussion in executive session Monday night, the Baldwin Board of Education did not approve the hiring of the convicted felon as the head custodian at Baldwin High School.

The school board voted unanimously 6-0 to not accept the employment recommendation of the custodian which was submitted by district administrators. School Board Member Scott Lauridsen was not present at the meeting.

"The board chose not to accept that recommendation," Supt. James White said. "Now they will look back at the top candidates for the position to replace her."

White said on Tuesday that the custodian was no longer an employee for the district.

"They didn't offer her the job, so it is my understanding that Monday was her last day," White said.

School Board Member Alison Bauer said the choice to keep the custodian was difficult, but the board feels it made the right choice.

"It was a very tough decision," Bauer said. "While we want to be on the side of giving everyone a chance, we received some feedback that let us know that perhaps a school district was not the place for giving someone a second chance."

The convicted felon was on personnel report at the school board's Jan. 9 meeting, but a board member learned before the meeting that the person was convicted of stealing $110,000 from an elderly Lawrence couple.

The person was taken off the list until Monday's meeting, when the final decision was made.

White said he didn't know if any policy changes will be made by the board because of this hiring.

"I think it's going to come down to the board and if they decide to change the policy," White said. "The board has the final say whether to hire them or get more recommendations."

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