The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved a plan to add over 70 assistant principals to elementary schools to relieve administrative work-loads that many school counselors were forced to pick up.

“What we did is we took a half-a-counselor funding away and applied it onto assistant principals,” said JCPS board member Linda Duncan.

The $3.5 million proposal was approved at this week’s board meeting, where several principals showed support. The plan will partly be funded by re-directing financing for half-time counselor positions to assistant principals for elementary schools with over 400 students.

“They needed the extra half-counselor because one counselor was always spending so much time acting as an assistant principal,” said Duncan. [click to continue…]

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by Devin Katayama April 18, 2012

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