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Grandview superintendent deflects blame on hiring of Ott

In a call to the Daily Sun News this morning, Grandview School District Superintendent Kevin Chase noted an incorrect statement in yesterday's story about several parents' protest of a hire.

Chase said he did not hire Kendra Ott, his secretary's daughter, rather saying it was the district's transportation director and assistant superintendent who were responsible for the hire.

Chase, who re-assigned Ott due to parent complaints and asked her to help in the athletic department, said he does not micro-manage the hires each department in the district makes.

In noting that he had nothing to do with Ott's hire, Chase said it's up to department heads to deal with the consequences of their hires. "I call it skinning your own skunk," Chase said. "They have that responsibility."

As far as commenting in the story that Ott was the most qualified of the four candidates who applied for the position to which she was hired, Chase said he only knew that because he asked after she was hired.

Chase also noted classified employees in the school district could work there even if they had a felony offense on their record involving a child. He said that's because state law disqualifying employees with that record only applies to certificated staff, like teachers.

While Chase deflected all blame for Ott's hire to the transportation director and assistant superintendent, the ultimate credit, or blame, is ultimately the Grandview School Board as it has final approval for all hirings.

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