Scott Township is looking for new summer lifeguards for its pool, but whether municipal officials will hire only residents or open it up to other area kids is up in the air.
The township usually gives preference to its own residents, which has created some hard feelings over the past couple years from Chartiers Valley students who felt they were qualified but not hired.
Last year, some parents claimed their children easily passed the lifeguard test, but weren’t hired because they lived just outside the township.
“We’ve had some angry letters,” township Manager Denise Fitzgerald admitted during Scott’s Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday night.
The commissioners plan to advertise the openings soon, but are unsure whether it is proper to solicit only residents or post that’s their preference. Township solicitor Robert McTiernan advised against that plan so as not to exclude anyone from applying.
The lifeguard test is tentatively scheduled for April 7 at Chartiers Valley High School, which is in Collier Township. The commissioners are expected to make a final decision on the application process at their Feb. 28 voting meeting.
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