Called Back

While it looked like numerous teachers and support staff were likely to lose their jobs during budget season, most have since been called back.

Director of Administrative Support Services Amy Stewart updated the Warren County School District board of directors’ Personnel, Athletics and Co-Curricular Committee on Monday about the district’s staffing situation as the opening of school approaches.

Personnel reports indicated several individuals who were recommended to be recalled for teaching positions in the fall were originally left out in the cold.

Board member Jack Werner asked where the district is on the number of teachers who could ultimately be furloughed.

Stewart said that there are likely “two teachers that will be furloughed. The rest will be called back in some sort of capacity.”

On the support staff side, Stewart said they are “down to six” who don’t have positions for the fall but are looking at temporary positions for some via a memorandum of understanding with the support union which will likely come before the board in September.

Some positions are proving to be problematic.

Stewart said they received a “late Spanish resignation” and there is “no one within the district with the certificate.

“That’s where my primary concern is right now, getting those vacancies filled,” she added.

Board member Paul Mangione raised a concern he has heard from teachers about a lack of custodial staff throughout the district.

“Is there going to be adequate staff in the buildings?” he asked.

“We are staffed lean across the board,” Stewart said. “I would say that in every department we have. Every employee I talk to would say the same thing.”

Stewart said that the district has “some people out on leaves (and has had) a hard time getting those filled.”

“We are not at (a) 100 percent fill rate right now,” she added.

Noting that Kelly Education Staffing will coordinate substitutes at the start of the school year, Stewart said the district is “doing the very best we can with what we have.”