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Pasco school district looks to strengthen its anti-nepotism and fraternization policies



The Pasco County School Board toughened its anti-nepotism policy just a year ago. Apparently, the rules didn't go far enough, because the board us considering additional language that would further limit the interrelationships of employees where one might report to the other.

The latest proposal would bar administrators from nominating for employment or directly supervising relatives at the same work location. Failure by administrators to disclose the names of any relatives working at their location would be grounds for disciplinary action up to termination.

The defintion of relative would expand to include grandparents, grandchildren, and "any person who resides in the same residence as the supervisor."

Special dispensation would be allowed for administrators who find themselves through no fault of their own placed in the same school or department as a relative.

The board also is considering an addition to its fraternization policy, which has "expected' administrators not to date employees they directly supervise. The new language would say: "administrators shall refrain from dating or engaging in consensual sexual relationship with employees they supervise."

District officials said the changes are not directed at anyone in particular, and that they come at the recommendation of their policy advisory firm, Neola. 

[Last modified: Monday, December 12, 2011 1:14pm]


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