Low Enrollment Threatens 24 High School Teachers

April 24, 1991|By Staff report

Twenty-four county high school teachers face the possibility of reassignment or layoff in the next school year due to low enrollment in some practical arts and vocational courses.

Notices to teachers whomay have to transfer to other subjects or, in the worst case, lose their jobs, were sent out April 10 by James R. McGowan, associate superintendent for administration and instruction.

"This is not a formal indication that you won't have a job," McGowan stated"It's just that we are looking at this (enrollment) and we want you to be aware of it."

Eleven of the teachers work at the School of Technology in work-study coordination, printing, health services, auto mechanics and air-conditioning. The others teach business education, industrial arts, home economics and physical education.

Shifts of teachers from low-enrollment programs to other subjects or to special assignments are an annual event.

But what will set the 1991-1992 school year apart is that the teacher pool -- budgeted teaching positions available for assignment -- is being cut from 40 teachers to 12.

Enrollment at the School of Technology and in home economics, industrial arts and business courses declined during most of the 1980s. McGowan said physical education was included for 1991-1992 because the school system may face a retrenchment in physical education.

The associate superintendent said it is too early to speculateon the number of teachers who may lose their jobs. He said he won't know until he and the high school principals go over the lists of teachers retiring, going on leave or resigning, and determine which of the surplus teachers could fill those vacancies. That process starts in mid-May.

Teachers from low-enrollment courses cannot be transferred unless they have certificates to teach subjects in which vacancies exist. The teacher contract stipulates that teachers with greater experience can "bump" less experienced teachers in subject areas for which they are certified.

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