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Germantown Schools start; questions about nepotism arises

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Rob Manuel (left), like his brother Jason (right), was previously employed by Shelby County Schools. (Photo Source: Germantown Schools) Rob Manuel (left), like his brother Jason (right), was previously employed by Shelby County Schools. (Photo Source: Germantown Schools)
As Germantown Municipal Schools begin, a question about possible nepotism arises. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) As Germantown Municipal Schools begin, a question about possible nepotism arises. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
GERMANTOWN, TN -

(WMC) - As Germantown Municipal Schools begin, a question about possible nepotism arises.

The superintendent's brother got a sweet gig, but district leaders say he is the best fit and they stand by their $65,000 decision.

School board chairman Lisa Parker had no qualms about hiring Rob Manuel who, like his brother Jason, was previously employed by Shelby County Schools.

"He didn't hire him, but the municipal district hired him," said Parker.

However, the Germantown school board did change its nepotism policy to allow the hire, making it more lenient than the policy originally adopted last December.

The revised policy states, "No person shall supervise or be supervised by an employee if he/she is related to the employee."

Although Jason Manuel is the superintendent, Rob will technically be supervised by the principal of Houston High School. That building has a television facility similar to the one operated for years at Germantown High School, where Rob Manuel worked.

"As I see it, I want the best people possible for the job, and if it happens to be the superintendent's brother, so be it," said Parker.

Unlike legacy Memphis City Schools, Shelby County Schools has no nepotism policy; although there is an ethics policy.

The superintendent and his brother did not return WMC Action News 5's calls for comment.

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