This month's dilemma:
A Confidentiality ConflictScenario:
Eager to boost the school district's image. a superintendent hires a part-time communication consultant who is the education reporter for a small weekly newspaper that covers the schools. The newspaper's publisher warns the reporter about the ethical perception but sanctions the relationship. The district pays her $75 an hour for 150 hours of work over six months. She publicly discloses her consulting agreement only after being called out by a rival news outlet. In her defense, the consultant says she signed a confidentiality agreement with the district at the beginning of the contract, in which she committed not to use information obtained in the performance of duties for any other purpose. Was the district wrong to hire a reporter to concurrently work as a consultant? Read our panelists' responses here.
Last month's dilemma:
A Challenged HiringScenario:
The son of an assistant superintendent applies for a job as an elementary school principal in the school district. Of the two leading candidates, he is clearly better qualified with relevant experience, and an unofficial decision is made to select him. But before school board action is finalized, word leaks out. The other candidate – who on paper meets all of the qualifications for the post – says he believes he was passed over because of nepotism. How should the superintendent respond?Read our panelists' responses here.