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Old 01-21-2008, 10:13 AM
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Honestly, I don't think parents' trying to fight this will get very far.

Waiting 18 weeks and holding a key position open for a person is rarely feesable and would put the other/new job at a loss.

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Old 01-21-2008, 10:45 AM
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Before you gather a group of parents to go straight to the school board, it may be prudent of you to try and speak one-on-one with someone in the hiring division and find out exactly what their policies are. I'm fairly certain that all these mid-year changes aren't being done just for the heck of it. It's only done when a position is left vacant - sometimes because an employee leaves, but usually because there is a need for more staff at a newly-opened school.

Here's what I do know:
* Principals can reassign teachers within a school at their discretion. Reassignment outside of the building requires a transfer request and is initiated by the teacher.
* Teacher transfers for the next school year are applied for in Jan-Feb. and are decided upon in March-April. They do this so that principals know how many vacancies they will have when the large job fair takes place in April, so that as many jobs as possible are filled before summer. It's important to note that teachers must be in their current position for three years before applying for a transfer.
* Both of these things are done on a school-year basis. Hires/fires/reassignments other than these are only done when an essential position is left open.

The issue here is much larger than staff reassignment. It stems from the county's rapid growth. The county has somewhat adressed this problem by putting a moratorioum on new residential development. I think at this point, the principals and central office staff are trying their best to keep their heads above water with the extreme influx of students all schools are experiencing.

If you do decide to approach the school board, remember that they do have the best interest of their students at heart. I don't think that's true of every school system or childrens' organization, but I think it's true here. Everyone I've met within the system is very genuine and committed to educating the county's youth.
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Old 01-27-2008, 10:09 AM
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My concern is that when we have a dynamic teacher already in a classroom and she/he has done a wonderful job teaching and being a wonderful influence to our children, why encourage her to leave now? It just seems that as a whole all the transfers (which they are happening to frequently) cause distractions within our classrooms. Fixing one problem is causing another (and on and on).
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