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Elementary and secondary education is labor-intensive. To be effective and efficient, school districts must hire the right number of employees with the correct qualifications and credentials to fill each position in the district. Further, employees must be adequately compensated, given opportunities for training, and must have access to benefits and services.
The terms “personnel” and “human resources” are often used interchangeably. Personnel management was historically limited to the performance of administrative processes and procedures such as hiring and maintaining employee records. Today, personnel functions have evolved into a broader category of services that are provided under a wide variety of complex employment laws.
The following are the primary topics of the human resources protocol: organization and management; personnel policies and procedures; recruitment, hiring, and retention; salary, wages, and benefits; and evaluation and supervision.