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Staffing Ratios and Class Size
– Information was presented at the meeting on potential staffing for buildings next year.
– Because 80% of our total budget lies in salaries and benefits, the majority of the $5.5 million in cuts for the 2012-13 school year will lie somewhere on a spectrum of every person in the district taking a 17% pay cut to only cutting FTE (which equates to increasing staff ratios).
Reduction in Force (RIF) Policy
– This Reduction in Force (RIF) Policy represents a seismic shift in education policy. Past RIF policy has echoed the primary deciding factor in most education policy, years of service. This policy places evaluation as the first filter through which we judge teacher retention. Reducing the teaching force is not something that any district likes to do, nor does this district take this possibility lightly. This change in policy complies with changes that are in process for Article 22 of Colorado School Law, brings the district in line with SB-191 requirements that go into effect February 15, 2012.
– The policy in short, in composed of 4 steps. Buildings, with the help of the District will determine programming needs. First year teachers will be automatically reduced, except for those in hard to fill to positions. Those needs will be filled by teachers that are highly qualified from highest evaluation score to lowest in bands. Within each band, teachers will be arranged by years of service. Positions will be filled in this manner within the building until all of the positions are filled. The remainder of teaching contracts will be cancelled. Within this policy the district has the authority to reduce a position partially or completely. Reapplication and appeal processes are clearly defined as well.
– The Board moved to approve the Reduction in Force (RIF) Policy as presented.
– The following list of potential schools was compiled based on community input:
- Avon, Edwards, and June Creek Elementary Schools
- Red Sandstone Elementary School
- Eagle Valley Elementary and Eagle Valley Middle School
Cost Effectiveness of Small Alternative High School Programs
– Community input has requested that we consider the cost effectiveness of our three alternative high school programs:
- Red Canyon High School (RCHS)
- Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy (VSSA)
- New America High School (NAHS)