4112.8 - Nepotism
Personnel – Certified
It is the policy of the Board to recruit and hire qualified applicants for employment within the Newtown Public Schools, while avoiding both nepotism and the appearance of nepotism.
“Immediate family” means a spouse, child, parent, sister, brother, half-sister or half-brother.
“Relative” means a sister-in-law, brother-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, step parent, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, first cousin, grandparent, step child, foster child, grandchild or individual living in the same household.
“Familial relationship” means a relationship between a member of one’s immediate family or a relative, as defined within this policy.
Prohibitions on Hiring
No relative or immediate family member of the Superintendent shall be hired to any position of employment by the Board of Education.
No immediate family members of a Board member or any other district level administrator shall be hired to any position of employment by the Board of Education.
Restrictions on Employment of Relatives or Immediate Family Members
No individuals shall be hired in a position of employment that would result in a supervisory or evaluative relationship between a current employee and a relative or immediate family member.
No employee may be involved in the process of screening for advancement in the application process, interviewing or hiring his or her relatives or immediate family members.
Employees will not be hired, promoted, transferred or assigned to work in positions in the same school or work unit or department in which a relative or immediate family member is already employed, unless the Superintendent of Schools approves such an assignment.
No administrator or supervisor shall supervise any of his or her relatives or immediate family members.
A Board member or administrator who has an existing familial relationship with an employee, as defined above, or who has had a change in circumstances which creates a familial relationship with any employee of the Newtown Public Schools, shall declare such relationship to the Superintendent or Chair of the Board immediately.
If a change in circumstances creates a familial relationship between an employee and his or her supervisor, the Board, through its Superintendent, reserves the right to seek a transfer of any employee in order to resolve any concerns about the operations of the district with respect to nepotism or the appearance of nepotism. The Superintendent may also provide for the evaluation and/or supervision of the employee outside of the typical chain of command in order to resolve any concerns about nepotism or the appearance of nepotism.
A Board member or administrator who knows that a relative or immediate family member has applied for a position with the Newtown Public Schools shall declare such relationship to the Superintendent or the Chair of the Board as soon practicable.
In addition to the requirements set forth above regarding familial relationships, if a romantic relationship develops between an employee and (1) an administrator who has a supervisory or evaluative relationship with the employee, or (2) a member of the Board, the affected administrator or member of the Board shall declare such relationship to the Superintendent.
Discharge and Denial of Re-Employment
No current employee will be discharged or denied re-employment pursuant to an applicable recall provision based on this Policy.
Policy Adopted May 17, 2022
Newtown Public Schools