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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Open teaching positions

Question: Just would like an explanation of the new positions posted on the district website. Are there teachers leaving or retiring? It doesn't make sense to me after hearing about layoffs.

Answer: Yes, some members of the faculty and staff are retiring or leaving for other jobs and the district needs to fill those positions. We are also hiring some new teachers to teach some of the new programs we're putting in place for the 2012-13 school year as part of our process of re-imagining Broadalbin-Perth. In all, we did see a net loss of 5.7 full-time equivalent (FTE) teaching positions, which will save the district approximately $332,000 during the 2012-13 school year.

Here are the faculty and staff positions B-P is filling:
  • 3 special education teachers
    • 1 to fill a vacancy
    • 2 as a result of bringing BOCES programs in-house at a savings of $240,000 a year while providing the same quality of service
  • 2 elementary teachers
    • 1 to fill a vacancy
    • 1 to teach second grade, which will decrease class sizes
      • This position will be paid for by federal Title 1 money, which is not part of the voter-approved general fund budget. B-P will receive an additional $150,000 in Title 1 money during the 2012-13 school year because our district's poverty level increased from 11% to 19%.
  • 2 half-time art teachers
    • 1 will be shared with Edinburg
    • 1 needed to support new programs that are part of the re-imagining
  • 3 nurses to fill vacancies (1 retirement, 2 who left for other positions)
    • Although nurses are not mandated, we feel strongly that we need to continue these positions because of their importance in keeping our students safe.
  • 2 guidance counselors to fill vacancies (both left for other positions)
  • 1 part-time athletics director
    • Band director Mike Calvello will take on the responsibilities of the AD in addition to his teaching duties. Some of the new Title 1 money will be used to pay him a small stipend.
    • Mr. Calvello succeeds Adam Barnhart, who will work full-time as an assistant principal in the high school in order to help the district fulfill the requirements of New York's new Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) mandate.
- answered by Stephen Tomlinson, Superintendent of Schools

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