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  • Section G: Personnel


The RSU 21 Board affirms its commitment to the strict prohibition of discrimination in employment on the basis of any protected classification including without limitation  race, color, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, including transgender status, gender expression, genetic predisposition and genetic information, religion, ancestry or national origin, age, familial status, disability, veteran status or protected activity under the Maine Whistleblower’s Protection Act, unless a bona fide occupational qualification exists, and its commitment to the principle of affirmative action to obtain wide and representative candidate pools. 

"Sexual orientation" means a person's actual or perceived heterosexuality, bisexuality, homosexuality or gender identity or expression.  "Gender identity" means the gender-related identity, appearance, mannerisms or other gender-related characteristics of an individual, regardless of the individual's assigned sex at birth.   

For the purpose of this policy, and as defined by state law, “race” includes traits associated with race, including hair texture, Afro hairstyles, and protective hairstyles, including braids, twists, and locks.

In accordance with 20-A MRSA § 1001(13), with respect to all positions requiring administrative certification, the Board shall develop a procedure designed to (i) ensure nondiscriminatory practice in recruitment and hiring result in selection of the most qualified candidates. This procedure shall be attached hereto as GCFB-R, and shall be reviewed periodically. 

Moreover, upon each occasion of administrative vacancy, the Board may review the procedure and make appropriate adaptations as may be warranted by special circumstances. In the case of a vacancy in the Superintendency, the Board shall review the procedure and adapt it as is appropriate. 

In accordance with 20-A MRSA § 4502(4-A), RSU 21's Affirmative Action Plan shall include a description of the status of RSU 21's (i) nondiscriminatory administrator hiring practice and (ii) plans for in-service training programs on gender equity for teachers, administrators, and the Board. 

Legal Reference: 5 MRSA § 4576

20-A MRSA §§6, 254(8-10), 1001(13), 4502(4-A), 13011(6), 13019-B. 130W19-C

Cross Reference: AC - Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

GCFB-R - Recruiting and Hiring of Administrative Staff Administrative Procedure

Adopted: 11/09/92

Amended: 10/14/97

Amended: 01/05/09

Amended: 12/07/15

Amended: 07/13/20

Revised:  10/18/21

Revised: 5/1/23


  • Section G