Johnston school board approves ongoing background checks

Posted January 8, 2013
Updated January 9, 2013

— The Johnston County Board of Education voted Tuesday to allow the school system to subject employees to ongoing criminal background checks, according to school system spokeswoman Tracey Peedin Jones.

Jones said the school district runs a criminal background check before an employee is hired but that the new policy will allow them to check criminal records whenever they choose to do so.

She said the decision was not tied any specific incident.

Also on Tuesday, the board approved a policy that would prohibit non-students from distributing or displaying non-school material, including religious materials, on school grounds. Board members say the decision brings the school system in line with Supreme Court rulings.

Superintendent Ed Croom said the move is a matter of student safety.


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  • jetset Jan 9, 2013

    I agree 100% that background checks need to continue for ALL employees in the system. Theese checks should be done randomly as well. They might find some surprises!!

  • ripetomatoes Jan 9, 2013

    Wonder if this covers both certified and classified employees?
    Random drug testing would also be money well spent...

  • cuffusion Jan 9, 2013

    Should not apply to just the schools as an argument could be made that this limitation would violate the equal protection clauses of both the NC and US constitutions.. the rule should be applied equitably across the County Government employees.. whats good for some should be good for all...

  • smegma Jan 9, 2013

    ah i love living in johnston county. we just laugh at our northern counterparts

  • ecave Jan 9, 2013

    On the religous material distibution, it is funny how every board member's take on why the ban was implemented is different....Local government is much like the federal government.