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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 25, 2014

Hours changed for first-year teachers

Apr 17, 2014

All six first-year teachers in the Fairfield Community School District received reduction-in-force notices this month, Superintendent Art Sathoff told the school board Monday.

The district plans to reduce two individuals, but the master contract language requires specific procedures for a RIF, and one of those procedures is notifying all teachers new to the profession.

“Each one is allowed to request a closed hearing, and some have requested that,” said Sathoff. “The majority will be reinstated after a hearing.”

Business manager Kim Sheets said the district would need to reduce staff by two teachers next year for budget reasons.

Two first-year teachers did not request a private hearing, and the school board approved action on those RIFs Monday as recommended by Sathoff.

Elementary physical education teacher Taylor Hjerleid, who is full-time this year, was RIFed for next year. The official wording of the reason is: Realignment of staff; at-risk position/duties eliminated, and cost constraints to the district budget. Hjerleid will be reinstated at 80 percent of full time for next school year, Sathoff said.

Elementary guidance counselor Kelsie Roland, who is employed at 33 percent full-time as guidance counselor and performs middle school guidance secretary duties, was RIFed for next year. The official wording of the reason is: Reduction of a teacher in the first year of their profession, and cost constraints to the district budget.

Roland will be reinstated at 80 percent full-time as guidance counselor with no secretary duties for next year, said Sathoff.

In other personnel action Monday, the board:

• Accepted the resignation effective at the end of this school year, of Heather Buch, third grade special education teacher at Pence Elementary School.

• Accepted the resignation effective at the end of this school year, of Billy Strickler, fourth grade teacher at Washington Elementary School. He has accepted a school administrative position in Albia. He has taught in Fairfield for eight years.

• Approved a transfer request from Martha Jeannine Simmons, currently a special education teacher at Fairfield High School to a vacancy for an eighth grade special ed teacher at Fairfield Middle School next year. Simmons has worked previously at the middle school.

• Approved a transfer request from Janet Lee to move from kindergarten to first grade special education teacher next year, both at Pence Elementary School.

• Accepted the resignation of Trisha Copeland as eighth grade girls volleyball coach.

• Approved Brent Blakely as a volunteer baseball coach for the 2013-14 season.

• Accepted retirements of Judy McClaran, associate; Nancy Behner, associate; Carolyn Smithburg, custodian; and Eileen Pickard, cook, all at Libertyville Elementary School.

• Accepted the resignation of Amanda Javis special education associate at FMS.

• Approved hiring Barb McRoy, special education associate at FHS.

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