Nepotism: favoritism (as in appointment to a job) based on kinship. That's the definition of the word, according to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary.
Is that what occurred when the Fox School District's Board of Education voted to hire its president's daughter-in-law for the district's $65,000 director of food services position? FOX-2's Elliot Davis asked the question in one of his "You Paid for It" reports on Friday.
Here is the job description for the position: 10 Job Openings In and Around Arnold. It states that the job required the applicant to get his/her nutrition certificate or be registered as a dietitian within two years.
Nash's daughter-in-law has 17 years of experience as manager of a fast food restaurant and a high school diploma, according to the FOX 2 report. The district is giving her the two years to get the required designations.
A district human resource official told the station Nash’s daughter-in-law was the best person for the job and said that her family connection did not play a role in her hiring.
Click here to see the entire "You Paid for It" report. Patch will follow up with district officials to see if they have any policies in place regarding the hiring of relatives.