CHEYENNE – Laramie County School District 1 is still in the midst of its search for a candidate to fill the diversity facilitator position it created last school year.
The district announced the creation of the position in May as part of its action plan developed in the wake of racial and homophobic harassment at McCormick Junior High School. The goal was to have someone in place for the start of the 2019-20 school year.
But during the LCSD1 Board of Trustees meeting Monday, members of the district’s administration said it had been unsuccessful in finding a candidate for the position in time to start the school year.
“We’re in our second posting of the position,” said LCSD1 Superintendent Boyd Brown during the Monday meeting. “(We’re) still trying to find the right fit. We were hoping to have somebody on board by now but it just hasn’t happened yet.”
The district interviewed a handful of candidates in June, but the top two choices from that group eventually took other counseling jobs within LCSD1, said Tracey Kinney, LCSD1’s Assistant Superintendent of Instruction. The second posting of the position is set to close today with the goal of interviewing qualified candidates starting next week.
Currently the position is being posted with a salary range of $48,420 to $80,928, depending on experience and qualifications.
Kinney said the original posting of the position limited candidates to those with certificates or degrees in counseling. But after the first search ended up not landing a candidate, Kinney said she reached out to five different universities to talk with deans and administrators of departments that taught on social justice, equity and other related fields.
Those schools have helped the district expand its search internationally to try and capture as many qualified candidates as possible.
In an effort to broaden its search, Kinney said the district expanded the qualifications for the position in the current posting. The current posting walked back the counseling requirement to try and capture members of the human resource industry, and other professions that work in the areas of diversity and equality.
“With this one we backed down the (qualifications) to a professional degree, because we wanted to tap into other industries and other human resource fields to find expertise,” Kinney said. “I’ve been in communication with a couple other districts, one right across the (state border). They have a similar position posted and having some of those same challenges trying to find (someone in) that pool with that specialty endorsement or area of study.”
Brown said if a candidate isn’t identified in the second posting, LCSD1 would look at filling the role through contracts to find a qualified individual in the interim.
“I think it is imperative that we find the right match there so we are doing the right work,” Brown said.