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Affirmative Action Plan

Introduction

This is the Affirmative Action Program for the Longview School District No. 122. It is utilized as an opportunity to measure progress and to reaffirm our long-standing policy and commitment to equal opportunity in employment. We believe education enhancement requires consistently fair and equitable educational and employment practices without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, families with children, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, age, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a disabled person. For this reason, the District seeks to employ and promote individuals that represent diverse talents, contributions, abilities and experiences representative of our society and that are essential to a quality educational program.

The Affirmative Action Plan presented here is designed for the years 2020-2025. Although the plan covers a five-year period, it is recognized that, to be effective it will require continuous evaluation and revision to correct disparities in the utilization of employees where it may exist in the Longview School District’s work force. Modifications due to decisions by state and federal courts will also be ensured.

The basis for analysis in this plan involves a comparison of the Longview School District’s minority staff in various job categories, to the percentage of minorities in the available labor force. Also, the basis for the analysis of gender balance in this plan is the proportion of men to women in the available labor force for various job categories.

Reaffirmation of Policy

The Longview School District No. 122 is committed to undertake Affirmative Action that will allow effective, Equal Employment Opportunities for staff and applicants. In addition to a review of current programs, such affirmative action shall also include recruitment, selection, training, education and other programs.

This program is a directed, good faith effort to provide equal opportunity in all aspects of employment. It is a comprehensive and planned effort by the Longview School District to:

  • Reaffirm the Longview School District’s policy statement.
  • Describe policy dissemination and establishment of responsibilities.
  • Identify barriers in the personnel management system that may limit the ability of applicants and employees to reach their full potential.
  • Implement programs that will accelerate progress.

This Affirmative Action Plan specifies the personnel procedures to be followed by staff of the Longview School District and shall ensure that no such procedures discriminate against any individual. Reasonable steps shall be taken to promote employment opportunities for the protected classes.
This policy, as well as the Affirmative Action Plan, regulations and procedures developed, shall be disseminated widely to all staff, interested patrons and organizations. Additionally, the Longview School District’s commitment to avoiding discrimination in the hiring and promotion of disabled persons, and persons over age forty is reaffirmed. The purpose of these commitments is to ensure the absence of discrimination in employment practices. Each employee of the Longview School District involved in the recommendation of hiring or promotion must be committed to ensuring that the recommendation is made without discrimination. It is the responsibility of each individual manager to promote a strong commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity at his/her work site and throughout the Longview School District. Progress under this policy shall be reported annually to the Board of Directors.