Published: 04 October 2011 10:31 PM

San Bernardino school board Trustee Teresa Parra Craig on Tuesday presented a plan that she said could break the stalemate with the Personnel Commission that has left almost 400 nonteaching positions vacant or filled by substitute employees.

Parra Craig announced the unspecified plan in open session and discussed it with fellow trustees in closed session. Afterward, she said the San Bernardino City Unified School District trustees had voted to direct district administrators to talk about the plan with commissioners.

“This has become a daily discussion, with staff, with board members, with the community, with the newspaper, and we’ve spent probably close to $1 million (in legal fees) regarding this issue,” Parra Craig said. “There’s not a lot of people discussing this with common sense anymore.”

She said the plan might involve accepting the Personnel Commission’s choice for director, Patrick Maher. The commission director, who is jointly paid by the district and the commission, tests candidates for positions and assembles eligibility lists. The commission approves those lists and the district uses them to choose secretaries, custodians and food-service workers, among other positions.

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