Many teachers will be concerned about the memo that went out today regarding the A-2 and A-3 positions:
“This memo is to advise all parties about the status of A-2 & A-3 positions for the 2016-2017 school year. Staff members who currently hold positions in the A-2 & A-3 stipend areas are advised that the positions expire on June 30th, 2016. All A-2 & A-3 positions are filled annually by the Board of Education upon the recommendation of the Superintendent (pg.50 BFT contract). As of this writing the stipend positions listed below will not be filled going into the 2016-2017 school year. If further reductions become necessary you will be notified in a timely fashion. The uncertainty and volatility of the budget process has made this notification necessary. If the position you are interested in does not appear below, that position may be posted next week. If you are interested in a stipend position, fill out an online internal application. Per the BFT contract incumbents are automatically considered for reappointment, no additional application action is required.”
|Math League||Director of Reading Intervention|
|Drama Assistants||Coordinator April Vacation/Saturday Morning School|
|Special Elementary/MS/HS Performing Groups||Gifted Coaches|
|H. S. Team Leaders|
|Middle School Curriculum Coordinators|
|K-8 Curriculum Coordinators|
|K-5 Technology Leaders|
|Elementary Science Leaders|
|Grade 3-5 Literacy Leaders|
|Common Core/Smarter Balanced Assessment Leaders|
Members should know that the BOE will be having a special meeting tonight to discuss the budget, and BFT leadership are meeting Friday with BOE representatives to consider alternative budget cuts.
More information will be posted soon.
I understand and agree! Don’t like these tactics. We can do this without cutting programs and affecting students. I am missing tonight’s meeting but we should Talk tomorrow. (Zac Brown concert…priorities!!)
Due to my injury I am inable to attend tonight’s meeting therefore I would like to share my opinion on the matter here instead. My name is Jennifer Harlow and I’m a senior at Bristol Central. I’ve been involved in the performing arts program and so has the rest of my family. I have seen what these programs do for students and I have experienced first hand what these programs have done for me. These programs that you want to cut, these positions you want to cut, are programs and people needed to make our students better. These programs and these people change the lives of the students who participate in them. You want to cut and take away from these programs and positions but you don’t understand that these programs are what make our city great. They breed some of the best students you have coming out of our schools. I’m not saying that sports don’t matter, I’ve been involved in sports all my life and understand they need things too. But to sit here and say that you are cutting certain programs and positions from the arts only and not looking at sports is absolutely ridiculous. All my life I’ve seen how sports impacts and drives many actions in our town. I’ve seen how the arts get thrown aside and torn apart because they are seen as something that doesn’t matter; something that is less then sports. They are equal to sports and deserve just as much attention and funding as sports receives. But this isn’t a war between funding for sports or funding for performing arts, for It seems to me that we continuously have this problem in our town. You try to sit here and cut funding from our performing arts programs as well as our sports programs over and over again. But let me ask, why are you looking at cutting from any educationally involved budget at all? Our Education system is all we have left in this town. If you start taking away from our schools you’ll be pushing more people away. People already want to leave because of the immeasurable, atrocious, absolute nothing that has been done in our town. Once you start taking away programs that change lives and create such wonderful people, who will do well for this town, there will be no one left. People will seek towns where their students can thrive, be supported, and do things they enjoy and are good at. Let me tell you the performing arts programs and those who run them are the best this town has to offer. If you want to look for something to take money from, look to your own pockets not the future of our city.