Fremont County School District #25 board members in Riverton are making more rigorous efforts to screen school employees and protect children.
Board members hope to acquire extensive knowledge of school employees through a thorough background check.
"Finger print, full background check for both certified and classified individuals," said Superintendent Terry Snyder.
Snyder said the Board of Trustees approved criminal background checks for all school employees through the Department of Criminal Investigation.
"We had always done it with our classified individuals, like your non teacher positions, but we added the certified position background check also,” said Snyder.
This includes teachers, administrators, custodians, bus drivers, and cafeteria workers. Snyder said board members want to protect children, even if it costs a little more.
"It's worth the money it's going to cost to do these,” said Snyder. “It's a small amount of money for what we believe is a very important thing.”
Board member Mark Stone said they initially worked with the Department of Family Services.
“They were helping us with our background checks and the fee was about $10 a person," said Stone. “They no longer can do those for us so we had to decide a new way to do it.”
Stone said the fee is now $39.
"We want to make sure that the individuals we are hiring don't have a history of drug abuse, child endangerment, any type of sexual crimes with children, any other felony crime or crimes of violence that may indicate they are not suitable to work in our schools,” said Stone.
Snyder said the district will not conduct background checks on current employees at this point, because the Professional Teaching Standards Board would have notified them if there was a concern.