8/27/14

Back to School Part I: What We Lost

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:

Elementary Schools
0-299 - No Library Asst (lost 0.5), no Tech Assistant (lost 1)
Aldie
Banneker
Hamilton
Hillsboro
Lincoln
Lucketts
Waterford

300-599 - 1 Library Asst, .5 Tech (lost .5)
Algonkian
Buffalo Trail
Catoctin
Emerick
Forest Grove
Guilford
Kenneth W. Culbert
Leesburg
Lovettsville
Meadowland
Mountain View
Rolling Ridge
Round Hill
Sterling
Sugarland
Sully

600-799 - 1 Library Asst, 1 Tech
Arcola
Ashburn
Ball's Bluff
Cedar Lane
Cool Spring
Countryside
Discovery
Dominion Trail
Evergreen Mill
Frances Hazel Reid
Frederick Douglass
Hillside
Horizon
John W. Tolbert, Jr.
Lowes Island
Potowmack
Sanders Corner
Sycolin Creek

800-899 - 1 Library Assistant, 1 Tech Assistant, 0.5 Administrative Intern
Belmont Station
Hutchison Farm
Little River
Newton-Lee
Pinebrook
Rosa Lee Carter
Seldens Landing
Steuart Weller

900+ - 1 Library Assistant, 1 Tech Assistant, 1 Administrative Intern
Cardinal Ridge
Creighton's Corner
Legacy
Liberty
Mill Run
Moorefield Station

Middle Schools
Douglass School - 0.5 Tech Assistant

0-1099 - 0.5 Tech Assistant (lost 1), 1 dean (lost 2)
Blue Ridge
Harmony
Harper Park
J. Lupton Simpson
Seneca Ridge
Smart's Mill
Sterling

1100-1299 - 1 Tech Assistant, 2 deans (lost 1)
Belmont Ridge
Eagle Ridge
Farmwell Station
Mercer
River Bend
Trailside

1300+- 1 Tech Assistant, 3 deans
J. Michael Lunsford
Stone Hill

High Schools
Monroe Tech Center - .5 Tech Assistant

0-1399 - 1 Tech Assistant (lost 1)
Heritage
John Champe
Loudoun Valley
Park View
Rock Ridge

1400-1799 - 1.5 Tech Assistant (lost .5)
Dominion
Freedom
Loudoun County
Potomac Falls
Woodgrove

1800+ - 2 Tech Assistant
Briar Woods
Broad Run
Stone Bridge
Tuscarora

What other losses have you noticed? Feel free to share in the comments below.

Coming next...what we gained.

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