Strides were made Monday with the Jackson County School Board in its effort to increase minority hiring in the school system. Jackson County School NAACAP President Ronstance Pittman announced Monday at the annual Jackson County NAACP Martin Luther King Day breakfast that the school board is starting a new hiring procedure to bring more minority educators to Jackson County Schools. The breakfast was held at Chipola College Arts Center.
According to Pittman, the board will be hiring minority teachers on a 50/50 ration with white teachers who are hired. Depending on the number of vacancies, half of those will be offered to qualified minorities along with the other half being offered to qualified white teachers.
Pittman was overjoyed when making the announcement, “That’s something that I had spoken to Mr. Moore about on Wednesday. We met Wednesday and I basically proposed 50/50 hiring ratio on teachers and administrators being that as far as minority teachers are at 10% now which the population of the county is 27-29%, we are down 90% as far as the county ratio. The diversity issue has been a topic of discussion between the community and the school district since February 2016. The recruitment efforts by the school district started in July 2016. Now that we are in January 2017, they have had enough time to gather resources to recruit qualified minority applicants if they have put forth the effort as they have stated. Therefore, the 50/50 hiring ratio plan should be an achievable goal.”
Superintendent of Schools Larry Moore said, “The vacancy has to be there, then we have to have an applicant pool that fits that vacancy as far as certifications requirements, qualifications, those kind of things.”