WSD audit reveals staff see inequities in hiring, promotions

By Maggie Macintosh  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The majority of staff members in Manitoba’s largest school district perceive hiring and promotion decisions in K-12 buildings to be motivated by who candidates know, be it relatives, friends or other connections in management, and favouritism. The Winnipeg School Division, an employer with approximately 6,400 positions, released the findings of an external audit of its employment practices on Friday. “Overall, a small proportion (of employees) expressed confidence in the fair and consistent hiring and advancement at WSD,” states an excerpt from the 125-page report. The April 2023 document was compiled by a Toronto firm that specializes in workplace equity and school board reviews to investigate its procedures and pinpoint policy gaps. It includes 82 recommendations and, at times, scathing details about procedural gaps and…

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