1. If I lose my job in May before a state budget is passed, will I get my job back in the event of the state’s budget getting back on track? Answer: When you are laid off, you are placed on a 39 months rehire list. Rehires are made in the reverse order of layoff. You have rights of re-employment for any position that becomes available for which you qualify.
2. Are temporary teachers counted in the number of layoff? Answer: No. Temporary teachers are given a one year contract and are not placed on the seniority list. Temporary teachers are generally funded by categorical programs and are subject to reduction based on categorical funding.
3. Can any administrator, regardless of hire date, bump a certificated employee? Answer: No. Administrators who initially worked as a teacher in the District retain their seniority date based on their hire date as a teacher. Administrators who were not teachers in the District can earn up to, and no more than, three years of seniority as a teacher.
4. What is the protocol regarding teachers with the same hire date. How does credentialing and units play into it? Answer: The Board will consider a resolution at the next meeting to establish the criteria to determine the order for same day hires. The resolution includes the following criteria:
1. Breadth of credential(s)
2. Teaching experience at different grade levels
3. Teaching experience in different subject areas
4. Professional preparation (i.e., advanced degrees, continuing education in assignment related subject areas)
5. Teaching experience at more than one school site within the District
6. Teaching experience outside of the District
7. Random order selection (when all other factors are equal)
5. Will only elementary teachers with multiple subjects be considered for potential layoff? What about single subject teachers? Answer: No. The current resolution that will go to the Board on the 17th includes the following:
- 33 FTE- Multiple Subject (33 FTE identified for elimination; Additional 13 FTE displaced under bumping rights)
- 7 FTE- Music
- 4 FTE- Art
- 2 FTE- Librarians
- 1 FTE- Counselor
- 2 FTE- Deans
- 1- K-5 Assistant Principal
- 1- BTSA Teacher
- .85- FTE- AT & G Pullout K-5
- 5 FTE- Instructional Facilitators
- 3 FTE- 6th Grade (Middle School) Electives
6. What are the incentives for early retirement? Will the March 1st deadline for notice of retirement be extended? Answer: Currently there are no plans for early retirement incentives. We have had three inquiries to this concept and we will continue to consider it in the weeks to come. The March 1st deadline to inform the District of retirement, in order to receive post-retirement health benefits, can be extended by mutual agreement with SEA.
7. Is it certain that there will be an elimination of Art/Music teachers in grades K-5? Answer: No. We are only opening our options due to the March 15th deadline. However, it will more likely be necessary if the State does not grant the District broad flexibility in the use of categorical funds.