Employment Procedures

Employment Procedures

The Lunenburg Public Schools strives to fill open positions with the most qualified individuals. Various media are used in announcing/advertising employment opportunities depending on several factors including, but not limited to, the current employment market as well as available advertising funds.  Some of the resources utilized are: SchoolSpring, newspapers and their related Internet databases, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education’s website, professional journals, mailings to area colleges and universities; and the local cable television channel.  Employment postings and/or relevant links are placed on the school department website, on the informational bulletin board located in the front lobby of Brooks House as well as at designated locations at each school (please see office staff for posting locations).  Postings are also disseminated to all employees via district-wide emails.  With few exceptions, employment opportunity announcements are posted for seven workdays or in accordance with employee contracts.  State law articulates the hiring authority for each school position. 

Per M.G.L, Chapter 71: the school committee hires the Superintendent of Schools, Administrator of Special Education, and legal counsel.
Per M.G.L., Chapter 71, Section 59B, the superintendent of a school district shall appoint principals for each public school within the district at levels of compensation determined in accordance with policies established by the school committee. Principals employed under this section shall be the educational administrators and managers of their schools and shall supervise the operation and management of their schools and school property, subject to the supervision and direction of the superintendent. Principals employed under this section shall be responsible, consistent with district personnel policies and budgetary restrictions and subject to the approval of the superintendent, for hiring all teachers, athletic coaches, instructional or administrative aides and other personnel assigned to the school, and for terminating all such personnel, subject to review and prior approval by the superintendent and subject to the provisions of this chapter. […]This section shall not prevent one person from serving as the principal of two or more elementary schools or the use of teaching principals in such schools.


The school superintendent of a city or town or regional school district including vocational-technical schools, may also appoint administrators and other personnel not assigned to particular schools, at levels of compensation determined in accordance with policies established by the school committee.  More information is available at: www.doe.mass.edu/lawsregs/statelaws.html.


All employment offers are conditional on the results of a criminal background investigation (please see CORI) and the completion of required employment paperwork.  New hires who did not complete an online application through SchoolSpring may be required to complete and sign a Lunenburg Public Schools application or a comparable document approved by the Superintendent of Schools.  New employees will be asked to  provide: two forms of identification, one of which must be a picture ID (individuals with passports need only present the passport as identification).  New employees will be asked to complete a Form W-4 (Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate) and applicable state tax forms, Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification; U. S. Department of Justice--Immigration and Naturalization Service); Form SSA-1945 (Statement Concerning Your Employment in a Job Not Covered by Social Security); and retirement forms as specified by position.  (See retirement benefit plans in the following section). 


The hiring of relatives is permitted providing doing so is within the parameters of district policy (see handbook section entitled Conflict of Interest and Hiring of Relatives).


Physical Examination Requirements

As part of the hiring process, a physical form will be issued to the new hire to be completed by the employee’s private physician.  Employees must remit completed physical forms to the School Personnel Services Manager in a sealed envelope.