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    SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT

    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17109


    POLICY

    RECRUITMENT AND SELECTION OF CERTIFICATED STAFF


     

    It shall be the policy of the Susquehanna Township School District to attract, employ and retain the highest qualified teachers and other personnel who will devote themselves to the education and welfare of all its students.

     

    The selection and assignment of teachers and other certificated personnel shall be made without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, or disability. The District believes it is imperative to attract a faculty, which reflects the diverse composition of the student body. Therefore, the District will actively recruit teachers and other personnel, which reflect this diversity and encourage them to become applicants for positions in the District.

     

    The district can insure the kind of teachers and other professional staff it wants by an effective recruitment program. All staff members are encouraged to suggest outstanding candidates of their acquaintances to the administration.

     

    Procedures for Recruitment:

     

    1. It is the responsibility of each principal to determine the personnel needs in his/her school and report these needs to the superintendent as early as possible. The principal will forward to the central office a notice of vacancy when it occurs.

     

    1. The Superintendent or designee will:

     

    a.            Determine a deadline for applications

    b.            Place advertisements in selected local and regional newspaper

    c.            Place an advertisement in the Legislative Information Service Bulletin

    d.            Place a notice in staff paychecks

    e.            Handle all initial paperwork involved with the application, including Act 34 and Act 151 clearances, naturalization, credentials, etc.

    f.             Make the files of applicants available to the principal

    g.            Inform school board members of vacancies, via monthly packet

     

    1. The Assistant Superintendent will:

     

    a.            Check the district and other designated minority talent banks and send a notice to eligible teachers.

    b.            Contact colleges and universities with high minority enrollments and identify potential applicants. The Assistant Superintendent, at the direction of the Superintendent, will assign a designated district representative or recruitment team to recruit on campus, if necessary.

     

    1. The Principal will:

     

    a.            Review the files of the applicants.

    b.            Interview selected applicants.

    c.            Remind all personnel interviewing an applicant that they are responsible for keeping all information confidential.

    d.            Check on the accuracy of each applicant’s qualifications who is selected for an interview and call references. One or more immediate supervisors of the applicant must be contacted.

    e.            After interviewing the applicants for a certificated position, identify in writing to the Superintendent, designated applicants to be considered for a demonstration teaching lesson and group interview before the administrative team. Forward to the Superintendent the credentials of these applicants.

    f.             Return the applications and credentials of non-recommended applicants to the central office. 

    g.            Inform unsuccessful “finalist” candidates that they were not chosen for the position.

     

    1. The Superintendent will:

     

    a.            Review the applicant’s credentials sent by the Principal.

    b.            Establish, with the principle, a schedule for conducting demonstration, teaching lessons and group interviews before the administrative team for all “finalist candidates,” the Superintendent may waive the requirement for a demonstration lesson in an emergency staffing situation.

    c.            Share the applicants’ credentials with all administrative team members.

    d.            Conduct the demonstration teaching lessons and group interviews and determine “finalist” candidates to be recommended to the school board.

    e.            Return the credentials of non-recommended applicants to the district office.

     

    1. The Superintendent will be responsible for the final selection of desirable applicants for recommendation to the School Board.

     

    Pre-Recruitment Steps to Encourage Minority Applicants

     

    1. The Assistant Superintendent or designee will:

     

    a.            Develop a recruitment budget which will include provisions for advertisement, recruitment on campus, mailing, and phone expenses and may provide reimbursement for travel expenses for candidates who reside over 200 miles from Susquehanna Township School District.

    b.            Contact individuals at selected Pennsylvania and surrounding state colleges and universities and request their assistance in identifying potential minority candidates.

    c.            Establish a list of Pennsylvania and surrounding state colleges and universities with a high minority enrollment.

    d.            Follow the status of our minority graduates who are enrolled in teacher education.

    e.            Encourage local colleges and universities that offer teacher education programs to assign minority student teachers to the Susquehanna Township School District.

     

    1. The Principals will:

     

      1. Encourage our high school minority students to participate in cadet teaching.
      2. Encourage our minority graduates to go into teacher education programs.

     

     

     

    Approved by the School Board – August 5, 1969

    Amended by the School Board – June 8, 1987

    Amended by the School Board – February 22, 1988

    Amended by the School Board – March 22, 1993