At the conclusion of the 2011-2012 school year, Mrs. McCool was surplused from her position as a special education aide as a result of force reduction. School board policy mandates that surplused employees be given the opportunity to fill the first comparable vacancy for which they are qualified.
The very position from which Mrs. McCool was surplused was recently posted soliciting applications. Mrs. McCool applied and interviewed. Despite Mrs. McCool's entitlement, qualifications, and experience, the position was awarded to an unqualified, inexperienced candidate.
A prerequisite for the position is an associate's degree, 60 college credit hours, or successful completion of the WorkKeys exam. Mrs. McCool possesses associates, bachelor's, and master's degrees, has passed the WorkKeys AND Praxis exams, and has experience in the position. The candidate awarded the position has no post-secondary education, has not passed the required exam, and has no paraprofessional experience (with the exception of occasional substitution.)
Private sector employee selection allows for discretion. This is a public school.
I appealed the employee selection to the school board superintendent. (Mr. McCool can be perceived as intimidating.) My wife does not want me to fight this battle for her. BUT I CAN'T STOP! Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
What do I do?