Green Bay Schools reviewing hiring policy
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GREEN BAY, WI -Green Bay School District leaders taking a closer look at their hiring policies. This after two people connected with the district were arrested in a Brown County sex sting operation this week.
The district's head of human resources says all prospective employees, volunteers and contractors undergo rigorous background checks before they are hired but they say that's not a 100 percent guarantee the person is safe to work near children.
"We do our due diligence and we dig deep," said Chief Human Resources Officer, Jean Marsch.
Green Bay school leaders say before an employee is cleared for hire they are checked for an arrest record and any criminal convictions. They are also drug tested. But the system may not be fool-proof.
"If a person has a clear background check that doesn't mean that things can't occur outside of the workplace," said Marsch.
The district is reviewing hiring policies after a library media specialist at Helen Keller and Wilder Elementary schools, and a Lamers bus driver on the Keller and Lombardi Middle School route were charged with child enticement.
Patrick Muller's son goes to Lombardi Middle School and he wants to know how this could have happened.
"Something like that it shouldn't slip through the cracks at all. There is no excuse for it no matter what,"said Muller.
District leaders say they cannot disclose details of their internal investigation which could take months, but they want parents to know student safety is their priority. They say Wisconsin law does not allow them to submit potential employees to a polygraph test.