Archive for Thursday, June 8, 2000

New employee background checks top agenda

June 8, 2000

The Eudora Board of Education will decide at 7:30 p.m. Thursday how to proceed with the recently passed state legislation which mandates background checks for all new school district employees.

It will also discuss new Kansas Open Records Act guidelines, which must be in place in the district by July 1.

The new employee background check will concern all new faculty hired after July 1. Anyone that has not lived in Kansas for 10 consecutive years will have to undergo a criminal history background check.

The board will have to decide whether the check will be done by fingerprinting or through the Kansas Bureau of Investigation Internet site.

In compliance with the Kansas Open Records Act, the board will have to designate a Freedom of Information Officer.

This officer will prepare educational materials, assist the schools in resolving disputes and respond to inquiries relating to the open records act.

Board clerk Eva Deonier said the position will probably be delegated to a current faculty member until the board has more time to look at the position.

The board will also have to approve a brochure with information about the open records act.

"The Kansas Association of School Boards already has a brochure available," Deonier said. "The board will probably choose to use this one, at least until they have more time.

"All of this has to be in place by July 1 and because there's not another meeting before then, it has to be decided on Thursday. It's really not a lot of time."

The board will address old business items concerning the paving of Winchester Road and discussion of the 2000-01 budget.

Several consent items will also be looked at, including employment for the 2000-01 school year and letters of resignation.

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