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Old 05-14-2010, 08:12 PM
 
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Today several tenured teachers at my school were informed that next year they would be teaching half of the day at our school and half at another school. Yes, our numbers are low, but not that low. It appears the district may be splitting many jobs. I was wondering if any other districts are using this tactic for cutting positions.
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Old 05-14-2010, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Bar Harbor, ME
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Our specialists in physed, music, art, library have had split building assignments for more than 40 years. Our Extended Day Kindergarten teacher teaches the morning in one of my buildings and the afternoon in the other one 10 miles away. I myself spend 1/2 my day in one building and half in the other two to three days a week.

Its pretty common practice in my limited experience of 40 years in education. It was never a question of cutting positions, it was always about most efficient usage of resources.

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Old 05-14-2010, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
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Both of the schools I have worked for had teachers who had to teach in two separate schools every day. Neither of the districts were small and both are considered great districts compared to the other options in their areas. Although, at one of the schools, the teacher only has to walk across the street to changed buildings. It just happens.
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Old 05-15-2010, 04:57 AM
 
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It's the norm for music and art teachers in our district and due to opening up a new school for 4th- 6th grade, it's also now being done for one elementary Librarian. We only have 6 schools so there just wouldn't be enough work if they were to stay at one building.
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Old 05-15-2010, 07:40 PM
 
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Districts in my state have been doing it for years. I've taught here nearly 20 years, and only 9 of those were only in 1 school. At one point, the 2 schools I taught at for 3 years were 40 miles apart.

We do it in Wyoming because of fluctuating numbers, and the schools where I've been 1/2 time have been very quality schools. They do it regularly with art, music, library, PE...but also do it with foreign language, business, ag, English, Social Studies, Science.

Our state isn't in the financial trouble many other states are this year, partly due to stronger economy and energy $$, but also because education has been fairly frugal over the years and they don't expand staff numbers unless solid student numbers are there. The state I grew up in is laying off around 200 teachers statewide, partly due to shifting student numbers. News articles say they probably should have done a bit of downsizing years ago and didn't, so this year they seem hit hard.
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Old 05-15-2010, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
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At one point, the 2 schools I taught at for 3 years were 40 miles apart.
Are you saying that you drove an 80-mile round trip every day - not including your daily commute to and from work? There is no way I would do that. But, then again, I may be a little picky. I turned down a teaching job that was going to have me travel down the hallway between classes. lol
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Old 05-16-2010, 08:28 AM
 
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Our school has had half day positions in electives, home ec., art, and music before. the teachers I referred to being converted to .5 next year are English, Math, and Science. Also, our school is Title I and currently on Alert. The teachers who are being converted to .5 are some of our best.
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Old 05-16-2010, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Midwest transplant
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We had a Latin teacher that taught in two districts. Three classes at one high school, traveled 5 miles and taught 2 in the afternoon at high school in neighboring district. They gave her planning/duty in the middle to travel and eat lunch. The 2 Supts. agreed to some other provisions as well~meeting attendance, chaperone duties etc. She didn't take/need health benefits from either one, so that wasn't an issue.
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Old 05-16-2010, 08:53 AM
 
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Are you saying that you drove an 80-mile round trip every day - not including your daily commute to and from work? There is no way I would do that. But, then again, I may be a little picky. I turned down a teaching job that was going to have me travel down the hallway between classes. lol
That's exactly what I mean. The district provided a school vehicle and I commuted with another "shared" teacher. But I guess I couldn't be picky because it was a fairly small district, teachers didn't retire often, my hubby's job didn't allow us to move and I wanted to teach. After 3 years, I "graduated" to two schools closer. My husband worked for a railroad that required he drive to and from jobs daily, so I figured this wasn't much different.

Did you notice I'm from WY? Some mornings the 40-mile commute was icy and windy?

Really? You turned down a job that required you travel down the hall? You must have tons more vacancies than we do. I just don't have that luxury.
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Old 05-16-2010, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
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Really? You turned down a job that required you travel down the hall? You must have tons more vacancies than we do. I just don't have that luxury.
Well, traveling down the hall between every class and it had four preps a day. It would have killed me.
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