Programs are over, parties are done, and now it's time for the real fun to begin! I hope everyone enjoys this nice long break--whether you are traveling to see family, hosting a dinner with friends and neighbors, or just putting your feet up and reading your new book--I wish you a joyous and restful Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, and New Years! (I hope I didn't forget any celebrations!) Relax, make merry, and I'll see you back refreshed and ready to go in 2020!
The ongoing bargaining team met on Wednesday. Some key points:
--We are considering lowering the number of years that we will grant new hires for teaching experience, from 10 years to five years. This will help save costs from the general fund.
--Hard to fill positions may have to be considered on a case-by-case basis.
--We looked at leave time taken: 70 fewer sick leaves day and 111 more professional days taken for the same period, first quarter, 2018 and 2019. We are collecting this information for a wider discussion around training and grade level meetings. Question: would you give up a "choice" PIR day for an added required day in our calendar that was devoted to in-district training?
--We are looking at the cost of all the district testing and computer programs--are they still the best, is there a better, more cost efficient option out there?
--We are looking at the number of students in high school classes, cost effectiveness vs c...