[Superintendent] Zielinski also said the district would start using SchoolSpring.com in hiring personnel. "It's a huge clearinghouse," she said. She said the site would also save the district a sizable amount of money, and offers a wider variety of candidates from which to choose.
One area of saving will be in advertising spending, which will see savings by using the Internet instead of paper. ...the School Committee has entered into a contract with SchoolSpring.com, a website that allows jobseekers and employers to connect.
...with SchoolSpring, everything is streamlined and in one place. Schools know right away who has applied... And when staff meet to discuss candidates and make a hire, what used to take two evenings now "takes two hours and a pizza," in the words of one principal.
...the requirements for the position, as posted on forums including SchoolSpring and Massachusetts Association School Committees, had changed. According to the committee's policy manual, job specifications for vacant positions must be approved prior to posting.
...the Lafayette Parish School Board on Wednesday voted 8-1 to approve an advertisement, job description, advertising costs and timeline for the search and selection process of a new superintendent. The long ad will run in Education Week, the School Administrator and on SchoolSpring.com for 30 days.
"This is a technological age," [Dr. Lorraine Tacconi-Moore, assistant superintendent] continued. "We use a variety of resources to find our educators. SchoolSpring (www.schoolspring.com), for example, is an excellent recruitment Web site that hands us a complete application package to review."
Drawing down even deeper are sites that allow users to focus only on specific industries. They also allow employers to avoid having their ads lost amid the clutter of employment agency postings and junk ads, such as the one that muddied our search on Yahoo. Some sites are tailored to specific job searches. SchoolSpring.com is excellent for those searching for work in schools.
"SchoolSpring will afford us the opportunity to leverage technology in our effort to more effectively and efficiently use valuable public resources to create and sustain a 'best of class' work force." Costs normally devoted to recruitment, including travel, lodging, admission costs (job fairs), will be eliminated, [Superintendent Greg Firn] said.
"For far less than one ad in a major Sunday paper, we can post all of our jobs," said Katz. It's not a passive site, either, he said. The company also runs advertisements that target educators and encourage them to look at its Web site. The goal is to save money, said Katz. "This is huge," said [school] committee Vice Chairman Donald Parker.
"An advertisement for the superintendent position was posted recently on the national education web site schoolspring.com, which is also the site to which all applicants for the position must post their resume and letters of reference. In a change from previous application processes, applicants will not be considered unless they submit both hard copies and electronic versions of their application materials."
"We can get hundreds of applications for one position," he [Superintendent of Schools Henry Scipione] said. "We're forever getting calls, asking us if we received an application. This will take care of that." Moreover, he said, when the department goes entirely online, there will be no need to advertise separate positions in newspapers, which will also save money."
"Our district operates on a very large scale," Bastarache said. "When you need to hire as many teachers as we do you can get buried under mountains of paperwork. But with SchoolSpring, everything is online, streamlining the whole process. We also need to attract top candidates and this service gives us national exposure for our positions."
"... the position ... was advertised in Education Week, a national publication, and several Vermont newspapers. The ad also was posted on schoolspring.com, an employment Web site for school administrators."
"For Sarah Jane Mahan, director of human resources at Burlington School District, the expenditure has been worthwhile. "It has saved us a tremendous amount of money since we began using it," Mahan said. "They are very accommodating, and they meet our needs beautifully."