All felony convictions requested in Manchester school background checks
Even with the maximum amount of information from the state police, the statute leaves districts without full knowledge of the potential criminal background of a school employee. Unlike many other states, the New Hampshire background check law bars police from informing districts of misdemeanors and other lesser infractions.
Livingston, the superintendent of the state's largest school district, said all reportable crimes are requested in the records check.
Several school employees have been arrested in recent years in Manchester. Last month, an art teacher was indicted for allegedly allowing her home to be used by her boyfriend to sell drugs. In 2012, a special education teacher was indicted on charges of abusing students on three occasions. In 2011, a paraprofessional at Hillside Middle School was charged with felonious sexual assault stemming from sexual encounters with a student.
The district does not have a policy on background checks for all school employees that is part of the policy book reviewed by the school board. It does, however, have a section dealing solely with volunteers. The section, approved by the school board last year, requires all those deemed "designated volunteers" — who "may serve on an on-going basis and have one-to-one contact with students" — to submit to a criminal background check and fingerprinting.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Another View -- Karlyn Borysenko: Workplace bullying is a serious problem, governor - 0
- Another View -- Fred Hiatt: Disengage from the world, and this is what happens - 0
- David Harsanyi: Are teachers really underpaid? - 9
- Jonah Goldberg: The U.N. club needs higher standards - 0
- Another View -- Mike Biundo: Where is Shaheen's gas price outrage now? - 20
- Deroy Murdock: What if Gaza were San Diego instead? - 1
- Another View -- Jayne Millerick: Dems scaring women by misleading them on contraception - 55
- Another View -- Charles Lane: Obamacare and the Constitution - 22
- John Stossel: Why are we giving the police so much power? - 1
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Distracted legislating: Our baseless cellphone ban - 0
- Workplace abuse: Governor gets one right - 0
- Red Sox pull Lester from Wednesday start amid trade rumors - 0
- Accused Abby kidnapper Kibby had past minor brushes with police - 0
- Police say youths at New Boston underage drinking party resisted arrest - 0
- Man hospitalized following Rochester shooting; suspect still at large - 0
- Muskrats, Swamp Bats split twinbill - 0
- Jays' Stroman stymies Red Sox - 0
- Police seeking help to identify alleged credit card thieves - 0
Win tickets to see ZZ Top
Win tickets to see the Pretty Reckless
Abby's alleged kidnapper held on $1M bail
When company comes, opt for variety
Win tickets to see Ziggy Marley
Dover man sought in Rochester shooting
Supporters are now 'Abby Strong'
Canobie Lake Park shuts down popular ride