Our Employees Shine
Many of you have heard me say, “85 percent of Redondo Beach Unified School District’s budget eats.” In a typical California school district, anywhere between approximately 80 percent and 90 percent of the district’s budget is consumed by the total compensation of staff. When such a large chunk of a budget is dedicated to one resource, it is incumbent upon the district’s leadership to dedicate significant time ensuring that particular resource is nothing short of great. In Redondo Beach Unified School District (RBUSD), with about 1,400 employees, we have learned that a little extra work on the front side of the hiring process goes a long way in ensuring we are putting the best people in front of (y)our kids.
To briefly summarize the hiring process for most of our positions, an interested candidate applies online via Edjoin (www.edjoin.org). The principal/supervisor will go online to look at the candidate pool, checking for items such as experience, skills, education, employment history, and letters of references. The principal/supervisor then selects a group of candidates to interview. After the interview, a consensus process with the interview committee occurs, and the top candidate is selected. Once the candidate is selected, reference checks are conducted to verify the information in the application and interview process is accurate. Reference checking is complex and multi-faceted, a skill that our leaders know well.
Once the candidate has been confirmed by the principal/supervisor as a great candidate to work in RBUSD, he or she meets me—whether it’s for a teaching position, a custodial position, an administrative assistant position, or any other position. (When there is a management opening, I’m typically involved from the beginning.) I will dedicate 15 to 20 minutes reminding the recommended candidate that this is RBUSD, home of the greatest school district around, so he or she needs to be just that, great. I remind each of them that we hold staff accountable, that we support staff, and that this is a special place to work. But, I remind each candidate, “If you are looking for an easy job without being accountable, look elsewhere.” I am very serious about this!
As you can see, hiring the best takes time and a relentless focus. The staff members who work for (y)our kids each and every day are quality, caring, hardworking, and dedicated to our mission. South Bay residents sometimes stop me to share how impressed they are with our facilities, our Redondo Union High School athletic teams, our technology, and our united mission. I quickly remind them that it is our employees who shine brightest. On behalf of our Board of Education, I want to thank our 1,400 employees. They are key to making RBUSD truly great.