Herald: Boston public school employees rescreened after workers with rap sheets found


BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- The Boston Herald reports that Boston Public School officials are rescreening employees after some school workers were found to have rap sheets.

According to the Herald report, the school department had fired or placed 11 support staff employees on paid administrative leave after a review panel began checking "non-convictions" such as plea deals for violent crimes, drug offenses and misdemeanors. School officials told the Herald that none of the offenses were sexual.

The employees, who were not full-time teachers, were not named because of privacy issues.

The school department said it had rescreened roughly 3,000 of its 9,000 employees following the revelations.

The investigations began after the Herald reported about a prep school van driver with two drunken driving arrests in February.

The Herald reports that while the CORI review panel was following a 2003 policy blocking applicants with convictions for rape, indecent assault and battery, drug offenses or violent felonies, it was given discretion to approve candidates with convictions for other crimes.