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September 17, 2009

And Then There Were 5...: A Budget Nightmare

By Eric Antuna
Grades 3–5

    This has been a trying week.  Altercations with parents, losing of staff and friends due to switching of teachers at school sites - if your school district is in a budget NIGHTMARE you might be feeling the same now. We lost two teachers this week on account of our numbers.  One in 1st the other in 3rd. As a result, we've had to collapse two classes and lose a colleague in 2nd to move to 3rd. Such change can make it difficult for students and staff alike. As a result, we have a ratio of 24:1 in grades 1, 2, and 3, and 32:1 in K, 4, and 5 (I received 3 more students).  

    The teachers were cut because the district is overstaffed in some schools and understaffed in others.  The union process for involuntary transfers created a list for all teachers in the district.  That order helped principals identify personnel and the move of teachers around the district.  Many teachers were moved and many more can still be moved if the populations of schools shift.

    Does anyone have words of encouragement for others caught up in this fiasco?  Thanks for listening!


    Happy Constitution Day! (September 17)

    Eric

    This has been a trying week.  Altercations with parents, losing of staff and friends due to switching of teachers at school sites - if your school district is in a budget NIGHTMARE you might be feeling the same now. We lost two teachers this week on account of our numbers.  One in 1st the other in 3rd. As a result, we've had to collapse two classes and lose a colleague in 2nd to move to 3rd. Such change can make it difficult for students and staff alike. As a result, we have a ratio of 24:1 in grades 1, 2, and 3, and 32:1 in K, 4, and 5 (I received 3 more students).  

    The teachers were cut because the district is overstaffed in some schools and understaffed in others.  The union process for involuntary transfers created a list for all teachers in the district.  That order helped principals identify personnel and the move of teachers around the district.  Many teachers were moved and many more can still be moved if the populations of schools shift.

    Does anyone have words of encouragement for others caught up in this fiasco?  Thanks for listening!


    Happy Constitution Day! (September 17)

    Eric
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