CCSD teacher candidates are subject to lengthy and detailed background checks prior to employment. (FOX5)
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In the wake of a CCSD teacher arrest, many parents wondered how an accused criminal could be hired by the district in the first place.
Melvyn Sprowson, a first year kindergarten teacher at Wengert Elementary School was arrested by CCSD police on Nov. 1 for allegedly kidnapping a 16-year-old. Henderson police said the teen had been missing since July. She was found safe and unharmed and was considered a willing participant in staying with Sprowson.
CCSD said all of its staff goes through the same intricate hiring process and it never anticipates one of its own would commit a crime after being hired.
Each of its 18,000-plus workers during the hiring process went through a reference check and a Metro police background check to see if they committed any crimes in southern Nevada. They also have to submit fingerprints to the FBI and get checked for any felonies or misdemeanors there.
Teachers who pass those tests and get hired get tested once again when they renew their licenses.
The Nevada Department of Education handles the licensing of teachers. First time licenses are for a period of three years. Teachers with a bachelor's degree or less get licensed for five years. Teachers with more education and more work experience can be licensed for up to 10 years at a time before having to renew.
If teachers are arrested during their time working for the district, they must disclose it right away.
Once the district learns of any arrests or charges of an employee, they start the process of dismissal.
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