School Law Bulletin #2005/01

School Board Hiring: Legal Considerations

Saturday, January 1, 2005

North Carolina boards of education, in their capacity as employers, have great latitude in deciding how to recruit employees and fill vacancies. No state statutes or regulations require them to advertise or post notices of vacancies, interview any specific number of candidates, or conduct interviews in a certain way. Boards of education are free to design policies covering these and related procedures as they see fit --or to delegate to the superintendent the responsibility for developing procedures.

Boards must, however, be greatly concerned with the possibility that poorly constructed or improperly applied procedures may run afoul of federal statutes outlawing discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.

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