Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 11/19/2011 02:56:37 PM PST

SAN BERNARDINO – Monday marks the deadline to apply for a part-time job in one of the district’s cafeterias, the first job opening the district’s Personnel Commission has processed in more than four years.

A dispute between the San Bernardino City Unified School District’s administration and the independent Personnel Commission blocked any new hires – except teachers and administrators, which follow a different hiring process – until the district relented in October and accepted the commission’s choice for personnel director.

Although progress is being made toward filling most of the 402 positions left vacant during the impasse, the first fruits will be harvested when 79 to 85 cafeteria workers go into place, said Personnel Director Patrick Maher.

“A couple hundred people have applied,” Maher said. “We’ll have that processed by the end of the week, then it goes over to (the human relations department), and then we’ve got to do a placement interview.”

Maher also plans to begin accepting applications for teachers aides and special education workers Monday.

It’s been a very productive six weeks since he was hired, Maher said.

“It’s been going great,” he said. “I’ve gotten all kinds of cooperation. We’re getting caught up.”

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