County schools work to rehire employees, city fights residency
by Mark Andrews
Aug 15, 2012 | 2776 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bartow County Public Schools have been successful in the process of rehiring its riffed employees, says Executive Director of Human Resources Macy Defnall. She said, however, the rehiring rate does not reflect the amount of jobs offered by the school system.

“... I’m very proud to point out to you we have a 100 percent rehire rate of all of our certified employees ... and 87 percent to date of all classified [employees],” Defnall said during Monday’s work session. “... It’s not from a lack of offering jobs that we haven’t had 100 percent [rehiring] in our classified, we’ve had some folks retire and this, that and the other ... we’ve had several employees who have been offered several positions within our school system and myself and many of the metro Atlanta HR directors struggled with the Department of Labor ... and we’ve had some people who have elected [to receive unemployment] and that’s their right as a citizen, but it’s unfortunate because of course what’s going to happen with us.”

Certified employees hold a certification from the Georgia Department of Education whereas classified employees are not required to have such certification.

Defnall said some employees may fall through the cracks with the system and have received their paychecks from the school system while still drawing unemployment compensation during the summer. She said this has been a common problem in businesses and school districts inside and around metro Atlanta.

“We are going to continue to call those folks every time we have a position before Sept. 1 and offer them opportunities to apply back with us and hopefully that 87 percent will go to 100,” Defnall said.

In other school news, the Cartersville City School System is looking to seek legal action against individuals who falsify information on residence affidavits.

“The school system serves students who legitimately reside in the Cartersville city limits and those who have been accepted as tuition paying non-residents,” Assistant Superintendent Ken Clouse said in a press release. “If a family legitimately resides with a city resident there is a process in place via a legal affidavit to establish residency. However, falsifying information on such documentation is a violation of Georgia law with ‘fines of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years, or both.’”

Clouse wrote the school’s admission affidavit states the penalty for falsifying information.

“Students attending the city schools improperly has become a growing problem over the last few years and is taxing the school system’s transportation and education programs,” the release states. “The school system does welcome non-resident students who meet the criteria for enrollment, are legitimately accepted, and pay the relatively low tuition rate (currently $300 per student). Unfortunately, the administration has become increasingly aware that several families are not in compliance and the school system will be forced to seek legal action against violators.”