According to one board member in the Hazelton district, "School board members are neither equipped nor qualified to choose the best teachers . . . Let the people who are directly accountable for our children’s education choose the best candidates for the jobs.”
Bill Spitz and I have been fighting against this in Neshaminy for years, and we have opposed formation of a Board-level Personnel Committee. Some Board members are indifferent about this issue while others think the Board should determine who gets a job. Just a couple years ago, one Board member said that the superintendent should present their top 3 choices for a position to the Board and allow them to make the final decision. Smells like a recipe for disaster to me.
Thankfully this hasn't been an issue here recently but keep an ear out for discussions on "personnel committees" or any time important job openings are being filled. Let's make sure that the people making the hiring decisions are the ones qualified to do so.