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January 9, 2013

Hire draws jeers


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The second candidate did not have a professional reference listed, Connolly said to the board.

The second memo was the results of the reference check. Dunn had a supervisor listed as a reference, which Schuler contacted. Dunn received a “glowing reference,” Connolly said. In total only one reference was contacted.

Tibbetts said the district’s process for hiring a laborer, which is a CSEA position, includes posting the position and forming a hiring committee to look at applications. The committee does interviews then makes two recommendations to district administration, who then recommend a person to the Board of Education. The board makes the final decision.

But, Connolly said, in the past a hiring committee has made one recommendation to district administration.

Tibbetts also acknowledged the job posting was not on the Newfane website immediately due to a glitch, but was shortly after the problem was resolved. Connolly, said 17 applications were received and eight were interviewed by the committee.

The motion said there would a 26-week probationary period for the laborer appointment, ending July 28, at a rate of $14.29 per hour. A laborer would handle any type of unskilled work, which mostly includes cleaning.

Prior to taking comments from the public in the early forum of Tuesday’s meeting, President James Reineke said an executive session would be needed before the laborer position was appointed. Board members went into executive session for 50 minutes or so to discuss the appointment.

Board members voted 6-1 to enter into executive session. Trustee Frank Westgate voted against the measure, citing that most of the discussion concerning the position needed to take place in public.

“The taxpayers deserve that,” Westgate said, to applause.

Following the executive session -and a lengthy discussion- Dunn’s appointment was approved 5-2 by the board. Westgate and Trustee Patrick Kilcullen voted against the measure.

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