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Pasco to tighten up its anti-nepotism policy



A simple run through the Pasco County school district employee directory lets you know that lots of family members work for the system.

Nothing wrong with that. But the potential for problems is clear if one relative gets put in charge of another. Look no farther than the recent mess that erupted in the Broward school district transportation department, which appeared to have become a family fiefdom.

Aiming to stave off such situations, the Pasco School Board is poised to beef up its anti-nepotism policy. The new rule would make clear relatives may not supervise or evaluate one another, and that it applies to regular, temporary and substitute positions. It also extends the long list of relatives to include grandchildren.

The policy further would ban "those in a supervisory capacity" from dating employees they directly supervise. This policy revision has been in the works for a while, and when asked officials would not say whether it is being put forth for any specific incidents.

[Last modified: Monday, October 18, 2010 12:02pm]


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