SH board OKs hiring member's daughter-in-law


Southern Hancock School Board members Craig Wagoner (left), Barb Snyder and William Niemier contributed to a unanimous voice vote to sign off on the hiring of Snyder's daughter-in-law for a job in the district's main office. (Kristy Deer/Daily Reporter)

NEW PALESTINE — By a vote of 5-0 the Southern Hancock School Board Monday night approved hiring board secretary Barb Snyder’s daughter-in-law for a position in the corporation office.

While the board technically did not violate district policy in hiring Christy Snyder to be a human resources assistant, the move does create “an elephant in the room” with regard to perceptions on nepotism, Superintendent Jim Halik says he told the woman during her job interview.

Southern Hancock’s bylaws contain a nepotism policy. It lists board members’ close relatives – such as a parent, spouse or sibling – among those who are ineligible to be hired for support positions. The list doesn’t mention daughters-in-law.

Barb Snyder, other board members and Halik said they did nothing wrong and simply hired the best person for the position. They also said they were comfortable with the hiring process.

“I don’t worry about it,” Barb Snyder said. “Part of it is because I will have no direct interaction with what she does in the office. We go through a strict chain of command.”

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