More Minorities on Staff

By: Philip Stewart
By: Philip Stewart

December 7, 2006

A religiously-themed flyer sent home with students this week turned out not to be much of an issue at Thursday night's Albemarle County School Board meeting.

But what the school board did talk about was this year's new hires. The district announced it brought 150 new people on board it's staff in the past year, out of more than 800 applicants.

Within that group of new hires, there is a significant number of minorities.

The school board said they were very pleased with that news.

But the percentage of minority staff members is still not as high as the district's percentage of minority students. Ultimately, said board chair Sue Bell Friedman, is to get those numbers to match.

The board also heard more about the search for a new principal at Western Albemarle High School.

Recently students at the school participated in a survey on what qualities they'd like to see in a new principal.

Representatives from the district said it would conduct interviews in February, and would present a candidate recommendation to the board by March.

The Albemarle County School Board will meet again on December 14.

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