Welcome back everyone to a new school year! Back to School nights have already started. As you make your way back, you're going to notice some changes this year, some good, some bad. In this post, we'll talk about what we lost.
If your child needed summer school, that was the first thing you noticed as traditional summer school was eliminated system-wide. If your high school student is on a fall sports team, you likely already noticed that the fee per sport was raised by $50.
As your child starts school though, the most noticeable change to parents and students will likely be the loss of positions. Fortunately, most people who lost their position were able to be placed in another one.
Overall, the school system lost all of its 125 English Limited Learner (ELL) assistants. The district decided to transition ELL support from teacher assistants to only teachers, adding 38 new ELL teacher positions (four of which are still open at this time). We also lost all 8 of our math facilitators and all 33 of our elementary foreign language teachers as those programs were eliminated.
The other big change to positions was implementing a new staffing framework that assigned library assistants, technology assistants, administrative interns, and middle school deans to schools by the number of students in the school.
Here's how the new staffing framework affects your child's school, assuming it follows the proposed staffing framework and enrollment projections from the spring:
0-299 - No Library Asst (lost 0.5), no Tech Assistant (lost 1)
300-599 - 1 Library Asst, .5 Tech (lost .5)
Kenneth W. Culbert
600-799 - 1 Library Asst, 1 Tech
Frances Hazel Reid
John W. Tolbert, Jr.
800-899 - 1 Library Assistant, 1 Tech Assistant, 0.5 Administrative Intern
Rosa Lee Carter
900+ - 1 Library Assistant, 1 Tech Assistant, 1 Administrative Intern
Douglass School - 0.5 Tech Assistant
0-1099 - 0.5 Tech Assistant (lost 1), 1 dean (lost 2)
J. Lupton Simpson
1100-1299 - 1 Tech Assistant, 2 deans (lost 1)
1300+- 1 Tech Assistant, 3 deans
J. Michael Lunsford
Monroe Tech Center - .5 Tech Assistant
0-1399 - 1 Tech Assistant (lost 1)
1400-1799 - 1.5 Tech Assistant (lost .5)
1800+ - 2 Tech Assistant
What other losses have you noticed? Feel free to share in the comments below.
Coming next...what we gained.