JCPS Board Chooses Restaffing for Low Performing High Schools

by Todd Mundt on March 1, 2011

The Jefferson County Public School Board will replace up to half the teaching staff at three high schools with low test scores. At its meeting last night, the board voted 5-2 for the option.

Superintendent Sheldon Berman recommended restaffing for Iroquois, Southern and Waggener high schools, telling the board it will be the least disruptive. The board chose restaffing over an alternative that would have linked teacher evaluation and pay to academic performance. All the teachers who are replaced are guaranteed another job in the district.

The state designated the three schools as “persistently low achieving” last year because of low reading and math scores.

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Ma. Martha Sanchez March 1, 2011 at 9:09 am

I wonder how restaffing may help the situation?
I am parent to a student in one of the high schools in question. Through the eyes of my daughter I have become aware of some of the deficiencies mentioned in the audit reports. To that end I can only state there are flaws in the system. But much more needs to be addressed in the audits, especially environmental factors (i.e. student, teacher, staff and parental background). Its unfortunate the school my daughter attends is low performing because there are some effective measures and persons who are constantly making the difference. Hopefully the direction the school board is taking may not end in a negative outcome to the students of those schools.

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