Is Derry Board guilty of nepotism/?

Created by Paula on Nov 22, 2009

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Vandergrift, PA

#1 Nov 22, 2009
Fifteen years ago my daughter a 3.8 education graduate of IUP was passed up for a job in the district that went to the daughter of a Board member, who was teaching out of state. The recent hiring of the wife of outgoing board member Joe Soltis for a long term sub position reaffirms that hiring practices remain the same.

Washington, PA

#2 Nov 23, 2009
no doubt about it. it's the reason why derry area is sub par.

Kittanning, PA

#3 Nov 23, 2009
boils down to not what you know
but who you know
same stuff

Elrama, PA

#4 Nov 23, 2009
who you blow is more like it

Cleveland, OH

#5 Nov 25, 2009
Nepotism is part of the culture in western Pa school districts and northeast Pa. like Scranton and Wilkes Barre.

Vandergrift, PA

#6 Nov 28, 2009
There have been situations in the last 15 years where
6 of the school board members had relatives working for the district. Nothing like inbreeding to make for bad policy decisions.
Derry Now

Latrobe, PA

#7 Nov 29, 2009
This isn't new news. This is WELL KNOWN in the area.

Cleveland, OH

#8 Dec 3, 2009
There is no doubt that Derry School District does not subscribe to best hiring practices, but other districts in the region also practice nepotism.

Derry, PA

#9 Dec 4, 2009
If you look at the workforce in general nepotism is a widely done practice. Interesting that this post focuses on education...what about other businesses in the area? You would be greatly surprised at the number of relatives working for each other. The "who you know" more than "what you know" argument can be applied anywhere.
Higher Standard

Vandergrift, PA

#10 Dec 4, 2009
Government hiring practices have a higher standard.
That is why you have ethics commissions and civil service commissions. We as taxpayers pay the salaries and generous benefits, thus, we demand a certain level of decorum in the hiring practice.

Cleveland, OH

#11 Dec 8, 2009
An impartial civil service model would help in the hiring practices.

Vandergrift, PA

#12 Dec 11, 2009
I am a senior ed major at Slippery Rock. Last getting a second certification in chemistry. Last
year I went to the PERC Teacher Fair at the Pgh Indoor Sports Arena near Harmaville and not one local school was present. What gives? WE know there are openings.

Vandergrift, PA

#13 Dec 12, 2009
Hempfield was the only SD form Westmoreland County to attend the PERC Teacher Job Fair. The lines were 100 ft. long. The other schools form western PA were Penn Hills, Upper St Clair, State College, North Allegheny, Cannon Mac, M Keesport. Most of the districts were from VA, MD, DE, and NC. Slippery Rock had tocancel its FAll Teacher Job Fair for the first time in decades. My Ed Advisor said this is the worst year for teacher recruiting nationwide in his 40 year career.
PA Educatornet

Cleveland, OH

#14 Dec 18, 2009
This site is a job board for all administrative and teaching jobs in PA. Just about every school district in Westmoreland County subscribes to this service with the exception of Derry Area.

Vandergrift, PA

#15 Dec 24, 2009
When I lived in Derry there was a insurance agent on the Board that got his daughter a job and never ran for office. My neighbors daughter who was subbing for 4 years at Derry, Latrobe, and Blairsville completely lost it and moved south to find a teaching position. Today when I visited relatives it seems nothing has changed.

Pittsburgh, PA

#16 Dec 30, 2009
Derry is not alone in hiring relatives of current Board members- take a look at Latrobe's new Superintendent's and Board secretary- Conrad Lazor's wife. Over $49,000 salary for a secretary position. Way over the average in government and the private sector

Pittsburgh, PA

#17 Dec 31, 2009
Too many districts subscribe to the " Get out the family tree" philosophy of hiring in areas where teacher and administrative jobs in pubic education are at a premium. This practice does not happen that much in other states like MD and VA, where the economy is better and jobs more abundant.
Take a look at the Scranton area, where Board members are being prosecuted.

If Latrobe was part of a county system of schools like Ann Arundel County in MD, Lazor could not get away with this. Same with that insurance agent in Derry years ago.

Pittsburgh, PA

#18 Jan 5, 2010
I firmly believe that having teachers take a civil service exam administered by the state, along with subjective criteria, like student teaching performance would help in eliminating nepotism.

Apollo, PA

#19 Jan 6, 2010
Actually teachers do take a series of exams that allow them to be certified in a certain subject area. However, just like most corporations it sometimes depends on who you know more than what you know. Take a look at your own places of work...I challenge you to find someone that is not related to someone. After all Derry is not exactly a booming Metropolis that people are dying to move to!

Pittsburgh, PA

#20 Jan 7, 2010
Are you talking about PRAXIS Scores?

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