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Camp Verde School Board defines hiring procedures<br><i>High-tech screening of applicants yields top educators</i>

The Camp Verde Unified School District uses the power of the Internet to locate the nation's most qualified employees.

Camp Verde Unified School District Superintendent Ron Maughan defined the process of hiring staff members at a school board meeting on May 11.

In addition to advertising all available positions within and outside the district, they are also advertised on the Internet, which draws applicants from across the nation.

Not only is the Internet useful in finding applicants but it is also instrumental in finding the most qualified candidates.

Maughan explained that the district first conducts a non-cost alternative, then a partial-cost alternative to advertising a position. Applications are screened, and then teacher applicants are requested to take the Gallup Corporation TeacherInsight Interview.

"For a person applying for a teaching position, the candidates are asked to take a confidential online interview with The Gallup Organization -- it takes about 45 minutes," Maughan said.

He said the Gallup Organization then reports back to the district with its perception of the talents and abilities of the candidates.

"Qualifications are important, but they must have a talent," he said. "The candidate must be dedicated to education -- show a proficiency for teaching."

Maughan said that those candidates who were successful with the Gallup interview -- those in the top 63 percent, are then forwarded onto supervisors and principals for further evaluation.

"We have been using this process for just over three months now and, so far, the process has worked very well," he said. "School administrators and parents appreciate the end product because we get highly qualified employees. It's well worth the effort."

Consideration is given to the top scoring 60 percent to 65 percent of the Gallup interview process, which yields the top percentage of candidates nationwide.

"Our goal is to hire from the top 25 percent of teachers in the nation," Maughan added. "Many skills and talents we look for are things that replicate themselves over and over again -- qualities that are predictable in teaching."

Maughan added that a high score on the Gallup screening process does not drive the hiring process and it boils down to interviewing, experienced judgement and due diligence by school administrators.

He said that the application screening process is confidential, but information about the Gallup Organization is available at the district office or on-line at http://education.gallup.com.

According to Maughan, The Gallup Organization was created at the University of Nebraska and was so successful that restaurant franchise owners use it to find the most qualified managers for the business ventures.

"It's also used for finding school principals," Maughan added.

Steve Marshal, Camp Verde High School principal, said teachers hired from a commercial vocation seem to have a rough transition into teaching.

"The candidates chosen are the most qualified available," he said. "Decisions are based on what we can do as a department and what our obligations are from the State."

Maughan concurs.

He said though hiring personnel, especially teachers, has gone high-tech, "It's still an art and not a science. We look for the most qualified and the most talented -- those who show a propensity for teaching."

Maughan said that once a principal or supervisor has determined the applicant who most closely suits the school's needs, they are then referred to the school board for personnel action after a thorough background and criminal history screening is completed.

Maughan said that under some circumstances, teachers who are not certified can get emergency certification and some use past work experience in a vocation.

"But our experience has not been very successful in hiring non-certified teachers," he added.

During Tuesday's meeting, the school board received resignations from a facilities director, a custodian, a federal projects director and a special education aide.

The board addressed position offers that included a high school vocational agriculture teacher, a music teacher, a high school math teacher and a woods teacher.

Also, in the schools transportation department, personnel additions included a mechanic and six substitute bus drivers.

The next school board meeting will be May 14 when the board will address discipline issues in executive session. At 5:30 p.m. in open session, the board will conduct a hearing on the school's budget revisal and will appoint an additional representative to the Educational Foundation for an odd number of members to avoid possible tie votes.

Also the board will re-employ the district's administrators; principals from the elementary, middle school and high schools, dean of students, business manager and director of special education, depending on the length of their contracts.

The next regular session meeting of Camp Verde School Board will be on June 8, at 7 p.m. at the school district offices, 1410 Camp Lincoln Road in Camp Verde when educators will present their plan for Career Technology Education.

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