April 7

Crazy Day- Today has been quite the crazy day. Four elementary schools without power for a significant portion of the day. Trees down all over. Inside recess. You name it. Thank you for all of your work taking care of your staff and students today and everyday. I appreciate your thoughtfulness when making the multitude of decisions you make every day. I wanted to thank Alandra for helping with communication with families at the schools that lost power. Thanks to Terry Cashman and Nutrition Services for calling more than one audible to ensure that our students were fed. Thanks to Scott Bojanowski and the maintenance department for helping to make sure water was running, toilets flushing  and for providing lanterns to light bathrooms and other dark areas. Sometimes you get thrown a curve ball, but everyone pitched in to make sure our students were safe and cared for. Thank you.

Staffing Plans- I’m asking that you try to complete your initial staffing plans by next Friday. I know I’ve talked with a few of you and you are waiting for some answers before moving on. Just complete what you can and we’ll move from there. Once everyone has an initial plan submitted, I can begin to determine who has openings, who has to move staff and where I can place those being moved and those coming back off of leave. Under most circumstances, we place those coming off a leave at their last school. Once I know I have a place for everyone who is entitled to a position and once we are a little clearer budget wise and I get the go ahead, I can give you the go ahead to begin hiring. I will send an email to you (individual schools) and HR when you are given the green light to hire for any positions. Until you receive that green light, you can’t hire. Give me a call if you have any questions.

Title I-  Staffing is often dependent on your title budgets for those of you who are Title schools. I asked our Title contact at ODE when we can expect to receive our allocations from the state. She told me they are hoping to get those to districts by the end of the month. Not exactly what I was hoping to hear but we can’t control that. JoAnne has been working this week on F and R numbers to determine schools that are eligible for Title I. I know there are a few of you waiting on pins and needles to find out whether or not you are Title. We hope to tell you next week.  Once we know who is Title and how much the state is allocating, we’ll get to work on plugging the numbers and determining how much each school will receive for next year. I know how hard it is to wait for this information. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Helmet Assemblies- All of the permission slips for the Center’s helmet are here. I will come around and deliver those to your schools next week. Thank you for helping with this and partnering with the Center. It’s awesome to see our community organizations working together to provide an important item for our students.

Job Fair- Don’t forget the job fair Monday at the fairgrounds. Noon to 6. Jon sent out directions and information on Tuesday. See you there.

Transfer Interviews- Transfer interviews will take place next Thursday at 4:00 at Pine Ridge. Teachers wishing to participate must have completed forms to Candy in HR by noon on Tuesday, April 11. Please plan to attend if you have or you think you might have an opening this year. If principals and VP’s can attend that would be great.  Please tell me by the end of the day Monday whether or not you are planning to attend.  I will then create a schedule that will try to match candidates with at least one school they have on their list of schools they’re interested in. The more of you we have, the quicker we can get through all of the candidates. It is also a great place for you to decide who you would like to bring back to interview with your teams when you are ready and able to do hiring.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

4/10- Job Fair- Noon- Fairgrounds

4/13- Transfer interviews- Pine Ridge- 4:00 P.M.

4/18- Horizontal Meeting- 4:00 P.M. Site TBD

4/19- Kindergarten Round Up

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