District 96 Discusses Minority Recruiting

By Aguilar, Aurora | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), October 26, 2000 | Go to article overview

District 96 Discusses Minority Recruiting


Aguilar, Aurora, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Results from the 2000 Illinois School Report Card showing that District 96 elementary schools lack minority staff stirred discussion this week regarding the schools' diversity.

Report Card results found less than 1 percent of Buffalo Grove- Long Grove Elementary School District 96 teachers are of Hispanic, Asian, Native-American or black descent.

School board member Robert Pinzur brought the issue to the board's attention during Tuesday's regular meeting, where results of the report card were discussed.

"In seven years, we've had one black teacher," Pinzur pointed out.

Peter Keegan, director of personnel for the district, said recruitment of minority teachers is strong. District 96 advertises to more than 200 local colleges and universities with largely minority enrollment and programs, such as Eastern and Northern Illinois universities.

District officials also communicate with schools and organizations that offer special support services to minority students. And because, under federal law, employment applications cannot inquire as to a candidate's race, Keegan said district officials don't know where their efforts have succeeded.

Keegan said the district has recruited teachers from other districts but were rejected because of the salary that was offered.

The only avenue District 96 hasn't explored is offering monetary incentives and enforcing affirmative action, which most schools do not enforce unless they are under scrutiny for their hiring practices. …

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