From reader Data Hungry (bold mine), letter from Dr. Nyland to principals about staffing changes.
I am pleased to report that nearly 52,000
students are attending Seattle Public Schools this year, according to
our official October headcount. That is an increase of 978 students over
last year and is within 1 percent of our enrollment forecast.
that we have the official October enrollment counts for each school, as
we do every year, we are moving forward with annual staffing
adjustments – up and down – based on each school’s enrollment. Some
schools have additional enrollment and require additional staff. Some
schools have lower enrollments than projected and require staff
reductions. We also consider equity factors, such as special education,
English Language Learners, free and reduced price lunch qualifications
and grade and program configurations. This year our school board has
highlighted resource stewardship as a board priority, refocusing the
district on the importance of assuring responsible management of our
limited funding. While we have more students this year, the number is
still lower than we projected, which has left us with $3 million less
than we anticipated. With less revenue district wide, we will have to
reduce the staffing budget from schools with lower enrollment and add
staffing budgets to schools with higher enrollment to assure our class
sizes and support personnel are equitably distributed to best support
all students’ teaching and learning.
We know these changes are
not easy for our schools, students, staff, parents, and principals. As
the instructional leader of your school, and with your knowledge of our
need to distribute resources equitably across the district, I urge you
to help your school community understand this change and our
considerations. We need your leadership at your school building to help
make this staffing adjustment move smoothly.
Today we are announcing the following changes at schools:
Schools receiving additional staffing budgets:
· Lowell Elementary – 1.0 FTE
· Jane Adams Middle School – 1.0 FTE
· Laurelhurst Elementary – 1.0 FTE
· Rainier Beach High School – 0.4 FTE
· Mercer International Middle School – 1.0 FTE
· Sanislo Elementary – 0.5 FTE
· Concord International Elementary – 1.0 FTE
· Middle College – 1.0 FTE
Schools with reduced staffing budgets:
· Garfield High School – 1.0 FTE
· Stevens Elementary – 1.0 FTE
· Hazel Wolf K-8– 1.0 FTE
· B.F. Day Elementary– 1.0 FTE
· Denny International Middle School – 0.6 FTE
· Madison Middle School – 1.0 FTE
For the schools listed above, we have written a template letter for you
to use in communicating this change to your school communities. Feel
free to add additional information as it pertains to your specific
school and your plans for the staffing change. Thank you for helping
communicate how this change will be made in your school.
losing staff funding will have five days (as required in the Collective
Bargaining Agreement) to ask for volunteers or determine with HR the
staff with lower seniority to be transferred. Although not ideal, and
under review for future decisions, schools are permitted to keep staff
if they have building or PTA or other resources to do so.
Here is a timeline for the process:
· Friday, Oct.17: Principals communicate to school staff and community/PTA and start displacement process
Friday, Oct. 24: Schools have until the end of day on Friday
(based on CBA displacement process) to make their decisions and must
inform their employment analyst and copy Dana DeJarnatt in Human
· Schools adding staff can post their position
from Oct. 20-27, but it is possible they may receive a placement from
another school. We should know if there will be a placement before the
schools start the interview process.
Carry forward dollars are
typically allocated at the end of October. Unfortunately, we are not
able to provide that information sooner to meet this deadline. As a
reminder, the total amount for non-staff/supplies set aside is less this
year ($750,000 in total compared to $1.5 million in FY2013-14) due to
more funds distributed in March.
If you have any questions or concerns, please work with the Executive Director of Schools for your region.
Dr. Larry Nyland