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Policy 5000

Recruitment & Selection of Staff


Staff are recruited and selected to assure that students grow and meet their full potential in district programs. Staff are highly effective, and have the necessary skills and experience to meet the learning needs of all students. The district works with teacher preparation programs, communicating the teaching skills, competencies, and experiences it considers of primary importance in its staff, and providing field experiences designed to train teachers to be able to improve student learning. Decisions about hiring, assigning, or transferring staff are based on maximizing the effectiveness of that staff member within the district’s programs.


Staff positions are established to support the district’s comprehensive program of education. The superintendent establishes the necessary skills, competencies, qualifications, education, experience, and past performance levels for each position, as it relates to the district’s comprehensive program of education, and the goal of continued improvement in student learning. Selection of staff is based on which candidate is the most qualified for the position, and is made pursuant to the district’s standard screening, interview, and reference check process, and equity requirements.


Positions are created within budget parameters, and legal requirements. Part of the district’s strategic and short-term planning processes analyze current and projected staffing requirements. The filling of individual positions is done with consideration to salary issues, budget parameters, and legal requirements. The superintendent regularly evaluates the effectiveness of the district’s staff recruitment and selection processes, and reports the findings and recommendations from the evaluation to the board.

Cross References:
Board Policy 5005 Employment: Disclosures, Certification Requirements, Assurances and Approval
Board Policy 5610 Substitute Employment

Legal References:
RCW 28A.400.300 Hiring and discharging employees — Leaves for employees — Seniority and leave benefits, retention upon transfers between schools
RCW 28A.405.210 Conditions and contracts of employment — Determination of probable cause for non-renewal of contracts — Notice — Opportunity for hearing
43.43.830 Background checks — Access to children or vulnerable persons
43.43.832 Background checks — Disclosure of child abuse
WAC 162-12 Preemployment Inquiry Guide (Human Rights Commission)
AGO 62155.00 – No. 155 1961-62 Expenses of Applicants
P.L. 99-603 (IRCA)Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986
Title 8 USC, Ch. 12 §1324a and §1324b

La Center School District Adopted: September 25th, 2007