Brockton HR director resigns over background check discovery

schools are failing to reach background check targets, the HR director of the specific school in question has chosen to resign. In the previous blog post, we discussed how at schools in Brockton, MA, background checks have not been performed on teachers and other school employees in more than three years, putting the department in violation of state law. The revelation came less than a week after School Committee members said they were assured that the department was in compliance with state laws regarding employee background checks. Kathleen Sirois, the longtime human resources director for Brockton schools, has now agreed to retire effective June 30. Although it has not been admitted that the retirement is a consequence of these failures, it is likely that there is some sort of correlation. “(It is) a personal decision on her regard,” Superintendent Matthew Malone said. “I’m moving forward on the redesigning of the human resources department. I’m going to miss her guidance.” Asked if he had asked her to retire, Malone said, “I’m not going to answer that question.” As was mentioned previously, you certainly cannot blame Sirois alone for these problems – it goes above and beyond her right up to the upper echelons of the authorities, and it is an issue we need to solve. While it is Sirois‘ head that has rolled this time, hers will certainly not be the last.]]>

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