Local private school supports bill requiring employee background checks

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Governor Walker has signed legislation that requires private schools in Wisconsin’s voucher program to conduct employee background checks.

At Regis Catholic Schools in Eau Claire president Mark Gobler said it has always done thorough background checks on its employees.

Gobler said, “We've done it for years. We've always done background checks on all of our employees from our custodians, to cooks to teachers to administrators. They all go through the safe environment as required by the Diocese of La Crosse.”

Parent of two Bobby Diaz said knowing the school performs background checks helps give him peace of mind.

“I think if someone has done something negative towards kids that should be known. So, I think it's very, very important to have background checks,” said Diaz.

Regis says all of its around 150 employees had to go through the safe environment training including its non-teaching staff coaches.

Gobler added, “They also check out driving records, court records and everything else that would be included in a regular background check that most employers would do that handle students and children.”

The school says while it won't have to make any changes to its operations it believes the bill is a positive step for Wisconsin.

“We just want to make sure that your employees aren't a threat to our children as they go through the school and to other employees go through,” said Gobler.

The bill received bipartisan support.

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