By JUDY SHERIDAN
Aledo ISD school board members have approved seven-and-one-half new positions for the next school year: four teachers, one assistant principal, two counselors and a full-time instructional technology specialist, up from a part-time position as webmaster.
Deputy Superintendent Lynn McKinney said the staff requests were based on current enrollment and the November 2012 demographer’s report, which projects an enrollment of 4,809 for next year, up from the 4,715 measured in mid-January.
McKinney said two new teachers are needed at the elementary level, to maintain 22:1 student-teacher ratios in kindergarten through fourth grade.
“Our principals will verify enrollment before the school year’s out for students who are returning,” she said, “ ... and then, as we enroll students over the summer, we’ll monitor that very carefully as well.”
McKinney recommended adding an assistant principal, a math teacher and a counselor to Aledo High School, to give each of the three grade levels — 10th, 11th and 12th — an assistant principal and a counselor.
“Adding a math teacher will give us smaller class sizes and additional remediation opportunities for students with end-of-course concerns,” she said.
The district’s lead counselor’s job is changing, McKinney reported.
“We are expanding the job duties of our current district lead counselor to include working more proactively regarding the emotional and mental health needs of our students across the district, and so that leaves us with the need of an additional counselor at the high school,” she said.
At the middle school level, a remediation teacher and a counselor were added.
“An additional remediation teacher will allow us to provide intensive opportunities for tutoring in math and in reading in order to meet the promotional requirements for our students in grade eight,” she said.
Adding a counselor, she said, will allow both Aledo Middle School and McAnally Intermediate to have full-time counselors.
The remaining new position — increasing and reworking the webmaster’s current job — targets meeting the instructional and professional development needs of the staff, McKinney said.
The new staff will increase the total personnel budget by 1.5 percent, McKinney said, but salaries might still be adjusted.
“We will also be making additional recommendations [in April or May] for our police force,” Superintendent Dan Manning added, “but we’re going to wait until we get through with this training.”
By JUDY SHERIDAN
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