Troutman explains staffing needs for new school year
Parkland School District Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rodney Troutman listed requests for additional personnel for the 2020-2021 term during the board’s April 28 meeting.
The positions are needed to handle enrollment growth and to provide staff for the new Veterans Memorial Elementary School scheduled to open in September.
Troutman said six more full-time elementary teachers are needed, as well as one additional special education teacher in both Jaindl and Veterans Memorial elementary schools.
He requested teachers of art, music and physical education for Veterans Memorial.
Troutman said several individuals have been hired recently and are already working at Veterans Memorial.
The media specialist (librarian) is ordering books and stocking shelves while the reading specialist is examining school records to make certain children will have the help they need when the new term begins.
Troutman said Veterans Memorial head custodian and building custodian are working on various jobs in the school.
“They put new furniture together and placed it in classrooms and saved $50,000 for the district by doing it themselves,” Troutman said.
The assistant superintendent noted Veterans Memorial will also need two part-time custodians, a main office clerk, library clerk, special education paraprofessional, health room aide, and three playground aides.
An administrative assistant began work for Veterans Memorial on April 6, and a half-time technology paraprofessional started in January to prepare for the school’s opening
Troutman also requested a half-time instrumental music teacher and a half-time English as a Second Language teacher for the new school year.
He said “a lot of shuffling” has gone on among personnel and students to prepare for the opening of Veterans Memorial.
“We tried to bring enrollments down from the 600s to 490-525 in the southern schools, which include Cetronia, Fogelsville, Jaindl, and Parkway Manor,” the assistant superintendent said. “The opening of Veterans Memorial will balance things out nicely down there.”