A hiccup in Lake County School District’s fingerprinting system nearly caused a catastrophic delay in the start of the 2012-2013 school year if it wasn’t for the support of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Leesburg Police Department.
The Lake County School Board this month recognized representatives from both law enforcement agencies for making it possible for new teachers and other employees to be ready for students on the first day of school.
In August, the Human Resource Services Department at Lake County Schools was unable to process fingerprints and complete required background checks on candidates for employment due to a problem that the District’s vendor was unable to correct. The problem continued for several weeks until the Sheriff’s Office and Leesburg Police Department came to the rescue.
“They welcomed our prospective employees to their offices; completed the fingerprinting; submitted the fingerprints to FDLE; and we received the background checks so that we could have our people in class on day one,” said Laurie Marshall, Executive Director of the Human Resource Services Department. “We would have not have been able to do it without them.
Marshall continued, “Thank you all for your tremendous contribution to getting school started the right way.”
The School Board recognized Sheriff Gary Borders and Sheila McBee from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Capt. Max Parker and Sonja Vicchiollo from the Leesburg Police Department. In addition, Martin Paszkiewicz, Network Administrator in the IT Department at Lake County Schools, was recognized for working tirelessly to resolve the fingerprinting issue.
“This was an unusual situation and it came at a system critical time for us with getting people cleared to be in the classroom, especially when we were one week away from starting school,” said Dr. Susan Moxley, Superintendent of Lake County Schools. “This is what makes our community great. Lake County is a wonderful, supportive community, and when one organization needs help the other organizations gladly step up no matter what it takes to get the job done.”