By IVY HERRON
Recent concerns about hiring practices at the Clay Community School Corp. led the Board of Trustees to take measures to ensure if a relative of a present employee is hired in the future, nepotism is not an issue.
"We are a small community, and in areas like this you can't help but hire someone's relative," Superintendent Dr. Dan Schroeder said at a previous school board meeting. "Corporations throughout the state have similar polices in place. It's prudent we consider one as well."
Employers in small communities often can't avoid hiring family members. But when someone favors relatives for employment opportunities because of their relationship rather than their abilities, its called nepotism.
The Clay Community School Board of Trustees approved the second reading and adopted a new nepotism policy at the meeting Thursday night.
The new policy states: The Board of Education takes the position that hiring of relatives is permissible if an immediate, direct-line supervisory relationship does not exist in an employer-employee capacity. For purposes of this policy, relatives are defined as spouse, child, stepchild, or parent. Relatives hired prior to the effective date of this policy are not affected by this policy.
Exceptions to this policy may be granted by the Board when it is deemed in the best interest of the school corporation.