The workplace bullying and harassment complaints plaguing the Vancouver School District are having a “significant” impact on the district’s budget.
That according to staff, who are proposing an internal investigator be hired to deal with costly complaints.
A report to the board shows it costs $160,000 a year to contract out “investigator resources.”
Costs could be cut in half by bringing those services in house.
But now former NPA school trustee Stacey Robertson fears a perceived conflict of interest.
“I definitely appreciate staffs efforts to find cost effective ways to deal with our administrative matters but I just worry we have to be very careful, particularly with these types of allegations with bullying and harassment, with perceived conflicts of interest.”
She says when you have someone trying to investigate a superior it could turn into an inappropriate situation.
“…There is too much perceived conflict of interest or pressure that could be brought down on that person, so I think in those situations, in my view, it is clear you should have an external investigator.”
Six senior staffers have gone on medical leave due to stress.
WorkSafeBC is also investigating.
Read the full proposal (pg.17):