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TRUSTEES APPROVE HIRINGS FOLLOWING ONE-WEEK DELAY

The Orchard Park Central School Board Wednesday night approved all 27 teacher appointments recommended by the administration.

The vote came after the seven trustees spent 1 1/2 hours in a closed executive session reviewing the appointments during a special meeting. Also hired were a cleaner and a part-time occupational therapist.

The board last week postponed the appointments after Trustee Richard Jablonski said he had not had enough time to review the candidates' files.

"We got our job done," President Richard McKenica said following Wednesday's meeting. "We were under time constraints."

Administrators pleaded with the board last week to approve the appointments so new teachers would have more time to plan for class and to give notice to their current schools.

"We did make an offer to meet last Thursday," McKenica said. "The administration felt tonight would be sufficient."

The board did not consider 10 additional appointments submitted for hire in the past week. McKenica said principals wishing to expedite the hiring of those candidate should attend Tuesday's regular board meeting.

Trustee Richard Marcklinger, who wanted to vote last week on the appointments, said the board must give administrators clear and concise directions on the procedure it wants them to use.

He noted the board in recent years has made it a policy to receive background information on job candidates, issued a new job application and instituted a two-week waiting period for trustees to review the information.

"Now we started discussing process again. What we've done is leave the administration in a lurch. We have a lot of great ideas and we want more information and we want to be more a part of the process, but we haven't made it policy yet," he said. "We have never put into policy that board members are going to sit in on the interview process. . . . It's never been put into policy that we read every evaluation for every person that comes in here."

Noting the board has asked its personnel committee to review the hiring process, he urged the board to study the issue carefully.

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