Clayton-Spartanburg Schools superintendent Kevin Haney said Monday that the district will begin accepting the district’s first non-teacher candidates for next year’s election.
Clayton ISD will be the first school district in the South to be accepting non-Teacher candidates, according to a press release.
“We believe this new process is the right way to move forward for our district,” Haney told the Clayton News-Press.
“We have a strong history of providing our students the highest quality education possible and this is the first step in making that a reality.”
Haney said the district has already begun the process of accepting non-“Teacher” candidates, which is expected to take up to two months.
Haney did not offer a timeline for when that process will end, though.
Haney is not alone in the district.
Two years ago, Clayton Township approved a non-tester-candidate election process, but Haney has not publicly stated if he will follow suit.
The Clayton school board has been divided since the 2016 election, with some board members supporting the idea and others against it.
The board is currently split 4-3 along party lines.
In September, Claymont County School Board President Matt Jones told the AP that the board would take up the matter of accepting candidates this fall, but added that the matter was not settled yet.
Haidt, a Republican, has long championed the use of non-TEacher candidates.
In 2016, he voted against the repeal of the Voting Rights Act, which allowed states to change voting laws to exclude African-Americans.
The board has also been criticized for not fully implementing a new teacher recruitment policy.
Haidt has previously said that he would like to see a new policy implemented in the near future, but has not made a final decision on the issue.
In 2018, Haidts office told the News-Pilot that it is “committed to hiring qualified candidates for every available position” and has not yet made a decision on whether or not to hire non-residents.
Hidenstien, a Democrat, has been a strong supporter of the idea.
In August, she told the newspaper that Clayton schools could not afford to lose out on qualified teachers, because of the cost of hiring non-titlors.
In January, Hidenstiens office announced that it would not offer new hires to Claymont-Sparks schools under the new recruitment policy, which requires schools to recruit at least one non-resident teacher.
Hadi, a Democratic, has said that she would like a policy change in the future.
In April, she said that Claymont schools should offer more non-native teachers, but did not specify how she would do that.
Hidi has been the district superintendent since 2011.