Our district offers a "science camp" for kids in grades 3 - 6. The camp takes place as part of summer school. We conducted interviews today.
There was one outstanding candidate. She has lots of passion and ideas and a good background in elementary science. But we may not get to hire her. Why? Because she is "only" a sub in the district and there was a "real" teacher who interviewed for the job. By seniority, the job should be his. He interviewed poorly and you could tell by his answers that kids would be bored to tears if stuck with him for 3 hours a day for 5 weeks. The admin for summer school is going to go to bat for the sub, but he's not holding out a lot of hope.
I realize that being an official district employee should come with some privileges; however, it seems like we need to find a way to balance that with the needs of kids. The kids who will participate in the program are struggling students...whose parents have paid for them to be there...and who need to be nurtured. I think we owe it to them to be able to hire the best person for the job. Let's hope the HR director agrees.