I’m sorry to have been gone so long of late. It’s the end of the semester, and the beginning of school, so I’ve been a bit buried doing my job of educating students here in Huntsville.
I’ve got several long posts that are coming up concerning Dr. Wardynski’s meeting with the public at Grissom on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 as well as a long overdue post on the changes that are coming to the gifted program in Huntsville this school year.
But until I have a moment to complete those posts, I thought I would leave you with just this quick thought.
At Least 1,099 Volunteer to Leave
Those of you who follow me on Twitter know that I’ve been keeping count of the number of district employees who have voluntarily left Huntsville City Schools since August 2011 (the month after Dr. Wardynski arrived).
This count includes teachers and staff (but is overwhelmingly teachers) who have chosen to either retire or resign to take a position elsewhere.
For those who have chosen to resign, this means that a teacher who has stayed long enough in Huntsville City Schools to gain tenure in the district is willing to give up that tenured position to take her (or his) chances at gaining tenure again in another district. (Tenure does not transfer from district to district.)
Since August 2011 then, at least (I know that I have missed some of the reports) 1,099 teachers and staff have volunteered to leave this district.
62 Teachers Left Huntsville City Schools in July
This number includes a total of 32 teachers who resigned or retired from the district on July 8, 2015 and 30 who resigned or retired from the district a week later on July 16, 2015.
Sixty-two teachers volunteered to leave the district in July. There’s been much said about why. Here are my thoughts on why they’ve left. If you would like to read some thought directly from some teachers’ mouths, try this site: www.glassdoor.com. One of the most telling quotes from there is:
Teaching should not be as soul killing as it is in this district.
Perhaps that will provide some guidance to the superintendent and the board of education how teachers are actually feeling about teaching here.
Teachers, please consider going to that site and posting your thoughts.
HCS has 64 Current Teaching Openings
Tonight is the second night of the 2015-2016 school year, and as of tonight, there are sixty-four open certified (teacher) positions listed on the state’s website for Huntsville City Schools. If you’re interested in reviewing this list, or if you wish to apply, you may view the list here.
By the way, four of those sixty-four positions are special education teachers.
As a point of reference, Huntsville City isn’t the only district in the state that is still looking to hire teachers. The largest district in the state, Mobile County Public Schools is also still hiring. With nearly three times the student population as Huntsville City Schools, as well as three times the teachers, Mobile County is still hiring as well.
They are in need of 38 certified positions. With a district that is three times the size of Huntsville City, they are looking to hire 40% fewer teachers than Huntsville City is currently looking for.
Oh, and Mobile County’s first day of school is still half a week away. They don’t start school until Monday, August 10, 2015.
If this weren’t so frightening for our kids, Dr. Wardynski’s statement below delivered on July 22 would be the height of irony.
All the Good Teachers Hired By July
While talking about how important hiring good teachers is, Dr. Wardynski had this to say:
The school system will have lost it’s ability by July to go get teachers. All the good teachers have been hired by July.
For the sake of the students who will be in one of the 64 classrooms that Huntsville City still needs to fill, let us hope that Dr. Wardynski was wrong.
Joke about our teachers leaving all you wish, Dr. Wardynski. (Wardynski: “Yeah, we got a low morale because we went out and hired a bunch of teachers. I don’t quite get that.”) Celebrate it all you wish as well. The truth is that your treatment of our teachers as “feed stock” is now clearly and demonstrably hurting our children. It is time for you to leave education to the professionals.
I’m sure Pearson has a job waiting for you; take it. Please.