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Letter: Troubling policy from MV

As a taxpayer I am quite taken back by Merrimack Valley School Board Chairman Tom Godfrey’s comment in the article about the school district hiring temporary workers who are relatives of current Merrimack Valley employees (“9 relatives hired for unposted jobs,” Monitor front page, Aug. 16).

Godfrey indicated that to advertise would require a stricter hiring practice to identify the most qualified applicants. No kidding! Isn’t that the purpose of advertising? Isn’t that a requirement for equal opportunity? What is happening in the Merrimack Valley School District? Is someone monitoring the quality of work these temporary workers are doing? Why wouldn’t the most qualified people be hired? What kind of work are we paying for? How, as taxpayers, can we trust our school board to be good stewards with our tax money when they hire their own relatives without advertising these jobs to the most qualified? Also, Godfrey mentioned that he was surprised to learn that some of the workers had relatives working in the district because he was not aware of any relations. Godfrey’s wife is a teacher in the Merrimack Valley School District. How could he not be aware of that? It poses another question about who else is related and what methods were used to hire them. At the least, this brings into question the ethics in the hiring practices of the Merrimack Valley School District.

KAREN SHELDON

Salisbury

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