Nepotism shown with hirings


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Anyone that has lived in Sparta for a period of time is familiar with a long and well-documented historical dysfunction within the board of education and an acute inability of school administrators to lead.

What many may not realize is the significant degree of nepotism that now exists under the current administration.

Unlike police, fire and other publicly funded positions school systems are not required to hire through an unbiased and equitable hiring process (civil service). The superintendent is the decision maker on any and all new hires. Sparta has an alleged process for vacancies, however, this is just a façade that wastes the time of those not adequately connected with Dennis Tobin.

Applicants assume that qualifications and experience will dictate decision making, however, Tobin has created a culture that is influenced by who you know and not what you know.

I reference three specific new hires supporting this unfortunate culture of favoritism;

Michael Tobin, the superintendent's son.

Cara Johnson, the sister of Sparta High School Principal Daniel Johnson.

Brianna Reigstad, the daughter of the police chief.

What Tobin will lead you to believe is these candidates were far more qualified and experienced than the literally hundreds of other candidates who have completed the application process. The majority of the candidates have documented work history and advanced degrees however Tobin’s son and Brianna Reigstad jumped to the front of the line hired literally weeks after college graduation.

Dennis Tobin has proven that he cannot be trusted with discretion.

The BOE must be held accountable for managing Tobin and preventing any further unethical and unprofessional hiring.

The stench of nepotism is sickening.

Steve R Feronti
Sparta

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