JACKSONVILLE — City education leaders hired a data software expert on a day-to-day contract Thursday after long debate on what state hiring law allows them to do.
The decision represented a compromise as the Jacksonville Board of Education decided it couldn’t just create a job position and immediately fill it without violating the law. However, one state teachers union representative alleged Thursday that the board’s alternative violated the law anyway.
The board voted for the contract hire during a called meeting Thursday.
The board hired Pam Inmon as a specialist with state-required software called Chalkable iNOW, used by schools to hold a variety of data, from class schedules to student grades. Inmon is a retired career technical director from the school system who has years of experience using the software — knowledge other employees in the system don’t currently possess, said Superintendent Mark Petersen.
“We will do some cross-training this year … but in the meantime, somebody’s got to do this work,” Petersen said.
A hire is needed quickly because the new school year starts next week, Petersen said.
Mike Newell, director of operations for the school system, said during the meeting that the software requires specific training to use properly.
“It’s not the most user-friendly software,” Newell said.
Debate on the hire began after Petersen first recommended the board create a new position for Inmon called iNOW coordinator, with a $30,000 salary for one year.
Marita Watson, board president, said the board would…
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