In order to save $2.5 million in the 2016-17 budget, some Stroudsburg Area School District teachers could face a demotion. At a recent school board meeting, Superintendent Cosmas Curry presented to the board his plan to demote 20 professional staff members. Demoting those 20 positions does not include those who retire or resign. There would not be part time staff hired to replace anyone who is demoted, Curry said. Most of the positions would be in the secondary level in the core content areas Curry said, using enrollment numbers to justify the action. The district is projected to see 450 fewer students 2016-17 compared to 2012. Class sizes could see an increase of one to three students, and up to three to five students if some teachers decide they can’t afford to work at a demoted level and leave the district.
Due to the ludicrous state of affairs in Harrisburg, certain Pennsylvania school districts could close this year much sooner than the customary month of June. Students in particularly cash-poor districts might cue up Alice Cooper’s rock anthem “School’s Out” closer to Easter break, according to recent warnings. Or maybe Earth Day. Presumably, however, those same pupils won’t be pardoned from getting in their required number of annual educational hours; they will be expected to enroll in neighboring districts to finish the school year. Chaotic? Yes – for students and school administrators. Acceptable? No, not at all.
Jeff Sheridan is Gov. Tom Wolf’s press secretary.
on March 07, 2016 at 8:38 PM, updated March 07, 2016 at 9:20 PM
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