Thank You Sir! May I Please Have Another?
Somehow, making someone pay a $55.00 fingerprinting fee simply to apply for a job in a school just seems wrong to me.
Beginning next month, the state will require all would-be teachers, bus drivers and substitutes to pay for their own fingerprinting and background checks in a move that is expected to save the state nearly $400,000 year.Having spent some time there, I would have expected the State of Maine to treat folks better.
Come Sept. 17, some 7,000 applicants and new hires in school districts around the state will be required to pay the $55 fee. Current school employees have already gone through background checks and won't be affected.
Some school officials say the fee could deter people from applying for low-paying jobs and make hard-to-fill positions even more harder to fill.
"For substitute bus drivers it's a whole day's pay. Maybe when you take out taxes, it's more than a day's pay," said School Union 44 Superintendent Paul Malinski, who oversees schools in Litchfield, Sabattus and Wales.
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