GEORGETOWN — School officials voted this week to honorably dismiss the equivalent of 34 full-time support personnel and one certified teacher, and to not renew the contracts of two special-education teachers.
School board members voted to honorably dismiss 18 teaching assistants, 11 personal assistants, one secretary, one custodian, one bus driver and three part-time cooks, and to reduce one custodian from full-time to part-time. The board also voted to honorably dismiss one early childhood teacher, and to not renew the contracts of two special-education teachers — one at Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School and one at Mary Miller Junior High School.
Some of the reductions in force are due to routine uncertainties about the needs for the assistants next year. Some of the reductions are due to the closure of Ridge Farm Elementary School after this school year and the transfer of its students and most of its staff into Pine Crest Elementary School.
But Superintendent Jean Neal said the district is also looking to restructure its special-education program according to some new state guidelines. She said the state wants more inclusive opportunities for special-education students.
The board also approved the retirement requests of two employees after this school year — Thelma Graves, a special-educaton teacher at Pine Crest Elementary, and Steve Sliva, the Ridge Farm Elementary principal.