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July 2, 2014

Danville school district hire would file state reports

DANVILLE — School district administrators are hiring for a new position in the superintendent’s office to assist with filing state-mandated reports.

The new administrative assistant position was approved at the school board’s June 10 meeting. Superintendent Cheryl Latorre said she interviews were ending on Tuesday with a decision on an employee to be announced at this coming Tuesday’s board meeting.

The job’s main role will be inputting data and making reports to state agencies so the district can get proper reimbursements and state education subsidies, according to board president Allan Schappert. That job had previously been split between three other administrative office employees, and the work was becoming increasingly fragmented due to changes within the state education system, Schappert said.

While school directors were loathe to hire additional personnel who don’t directly work with the students, the work is still required to be done and can’t interfere with the normal work of the staff, he said.

“It’s an indirect result of a never-ending parade of unfunded mandates,” Schappert added.

Over the years, the number of reports the state department of education has required “has increased significantly. We need to grow with that, unfortunately.”

The role would also follow truancy cases within the district, making calls to the households of absent students to see if they are sick or have other reasons for missing class.

Students with illegal absences will be reported to the magistrate’s office, Latorre said. Keeping closer tabs on student attendance is a goal for next year, and while there isn’t a truancy problem at Danville it can still be better, Latorre said.

“We’ve met our state goals, but I think we could even improve that.”

The final salary and benefits will be dependent on the final hire’s skill level. The rate will likely be at the clerical level, Schappert said.

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