Teachers can go on job-hunting spree

January 21, 1993|By Mary Maushard | Mary Maushard,Staff Writer

Baltimore County teachers are getting a chance to go shopping for schools.

A series of job fairs is being offered teachers employed by the school system. Each of the county's 148 schools will be able to show off at one fair, and teachers may attend as many of the five fairs as they like.

"This will be a chance for the schools to market their wares and become competitive," said Myra Treiber, spokeswoman for the school system.

It will also give teachers a look at specific schools with which they're not familiar.

The fairs are a first step in a revised voluntary-transfer process. Some schools will follow up with open houses in February.

By March, teachers who want transfers must fill out a "declaration of intent" listing schools in which they're interested. After receiving a list of teachers interested in their schools, principals will interview the candidates and submit the names of teachers they find appealing by mid-May.

The transfers will be announced in May and June.

"Previously, principals have not had much of a say in voluntary transfers," says Ms. Treiber. Now, they will, although the school system's personnel office will make the final decision, matching requests with openings.

The job fairs, open houses and increased participation by principals are part of the school system's continuing move to site-based management, designed to give principals more authority, and responsibility, for what happens in their schools.

Ms. Treiber says that school officials don't think the new process will encourage more teachers than usual to seek transfers. "What it will spur are better fits between principals and teachers," she says, cautioning that "everybody is not going to get their first choice and everybody [who requests a transfer] is not going to get moved."

Although the county schools have never held job fairs before, the idea is not new, says Ed Veit, president of the Teachers Association of Baltimore County. His union suggested it several years ago and thinks it will be beneficial.

"It gives our teachers a way to find out what schools have openings," says Mr. Veit. "But teachers are not going there with their hats in their hands begging for jobs. They will have resumes in their hands. The teachers really have a lot to offer," he says.

The fairs are not open to the public or to teachers not employed in Baltimore County. They will be held between today and Feb. 8 at Essex and Catonsville community colleges and Towson State University. Participation is voluntary for both schools and teachers.

Students and parents will get a chance to go shopping, too, at a magnet fair tonight at Parkville High School. This fair will introduce the county's seven new special-interest high schools to potential students.

MAGNET FAIR

Baltimore County students and their parents will get a look at the proposed new magnet high school programs at the first Magnet Fair from 7 o'clock to 9 o'clock tonight at Parkville High School, 2600 Putty Hill Ave.

The magnet schools are de- signed to draw students with similar abilities and interests from different parts of the county.

The school board has approved seven programs for next year. Carver School of Arts and Technology at the former Central Technical Schools and Western School of Technology and Environmental Science in Catonsville will accept students from throughout the county.

Eastern Technical School and Southeastern Technical Center will draw students from the eastern part of the county; Woodlawn School of Mathematics and Science will take students from the west side. The accel- erated International Baccalau- reate program for academically gifted and motivated students will open at Kenwood High School for eastside students and at Milford Mill Academy for those in the western part of the county.

Some magnet programs are open to ninth-graders and some to upperclassmen as well. Students must must apply and be accepted for individual magnet programs. For information, call Anita Stockton, coordinator of magnet programs at 887-4126.

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