Did You Know? Hiring Suspensions

Has the school district suspended hiring except those positions that are neutral to the general fund?

School districts may suspend hiring based on the decisions of the school board with a few notable considerations – the terms of a collectively bargained agreement and the statutory and regulatory requirements of both the federal and state governments.

Depending on the terms of the collectively bargained agreement, a school district may be required to make new hires, even in times of fiscally difficulties.  New hires would be required in order to remain in compliance with the contract.  Examples of this situation could occur if the contract guarantees teachers certain class sizes, certain number of hours teaching, certain number of classes to teach per a day, etc.   These terms may make it necessary to hire a new teacher in order to provide existing teachers with their collectively bargained promises.

Since school districts are required by the U.S. Education Department and the New York State Education Department, the New York State Board of Regents and the education laws of the state to provide certain educational services and functions, new hires may be required from time to time.  This means that if a school district is lacking a teacher in a certain classification area or lacks a teacher with certain skills, the district may need to hire someone in order to fulfill legal requirements and provided the required educational service.

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About Mike Durant

Mike Durant was named New York State Director of NFIB in May 2011. Prior to joining NFIB as the Assistant State Director in May 2010, Durant began his career in the New York Senate working in the Office of Member Services. From there, he served in a number of positions during former New York Governor George E. Pataki’s administration. As a Research Specialist in the New York State Office of Demographic Policy, Mike was responsible for drafting a redistricting proposal for Governor Pataki. In addition, Mike served as a Research Specialist for the Empire State Development Corporation, as well as the Associate Commissioner of Human Resource Management with the New York Department of Labor. Durant also spent four years working at the Questar III BOCES as a specialist focusing on the complex formulas that drive aid to school districts across the state while also taking a lead role in the state legislative/budget process as it related to education policy. These past positions have given Mike a deep understanding of the complex political economics of the State of New York. Active in the community, Durant has served on a number of boards in both the village of Ballston Spa and Town of Milton. Durant received his bachelor’s degree from Siena College in Loudonville, New York and resides in Ballston Spa with his wife and two children.
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