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No Policy in Place Regarding Nepotism, Fox School Official Says

The school board president's daughter-in-law was hired as the district's food service director with a $65,000-a-year salary, FOX 2 reported on Friday.

Did politics play a role when the Fox School District's Board of Education voted to hire Linda Nash's daughter-in-law for the district's $65,000 director of food services position? 

District officials tell Patch the answer is "no." Our partners at FOX 2 confronted the district on the matter in a "You Paid for It" report on Friday.

See previous story: Fox School Board President's Relative Hired as Food Service Director.

Todd Scott, a spokesperson with the district's human resources department, told Patch the district does not have any policies in effect regarding nepotism. He said the district employs many relatives of employees or elected officials.

"The issue usually only comes up when the board is involved," Scott said. "We're proud of the fact that we hire local people. We have hired a lot of moms of employees and students and several graduates."

He added that the Fox School District is one of Jefferson County's largest employers with more than 1,600 employees.

Myra Creasy December 12, 2012 at 01:49 AM
If she is qualified it should not be an issue, but if she needs 2 more years of classes, that might be an issue.
Bill Moritz December 12, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Todd Scott is the HR guy for the school district and he is unaware of the state law on nepotism? Really? It does not have to be a district policy as state law prevails. I would like to ask him why it is not policy. At the bottom I have added a link to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website. I'll tell you what - this thing is burning up the email waves in Arnold right now. The perception that something illegal and underhanded was done is what prevails. Why all this not called into question when the district nurse was hired is one I do not understand. http://dese.mo.gov/schoollaw/freqaskques/nepotism.htm The first link takes you right to Article Vii, Section 6, of the Missouri Constitution, the source document. It does not take a lawyer to recognize that a Daughter-In-Law is a relative within the fourth degree by affinity. I downloaded this definition from http://law.yourdictionary.com. Check out item 3. affinity legal definition 1.A close agreement. 2.The attraction between people. 3.Any relationship created by marriage. See also consanguinity. 4.A term used to describe the relationship that one has to the adopted or blood (and usually close) relatives of their spouse. For example, affinity exists between a woman and her husband’s brother.
Mark Paul December 12, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Sadly the outcry and disappointment did not result in alot of people showing up to the board meeting this evening. Apathy is what allows actions like this to happen, involvement in the process is the only way to stop it.
Kathy December 14, 2012 at 02:59 PM
It's been a while since the Fox District has done something to make me this upset, and unfortunately, I missed the December board meeting. Is the next one on January 8? I will be at that one, and I suggest many of us show up.
Sheri Gassaway December 14, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Kathy, the meeting is at 7 p.m. on Jan. 15. You will need to fill out a speaker card and submit it by 6:45 p.m. to address the board.

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