Preschool director, eight teachers cut in Cedar Falls School District
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --- The Cedar Falls Board of Education has terminated the contract with the district's preschool director, effective at the end of the current school year, though he may be rehired after a budget is determined.
Jerry Brown, designated a "probationary administrator," has been with the district for one year.
"We don't know what our preschool funding will be yet," said Superintendent David Stoakes. "The Legislature hasn't decided. After we know what our budget is, then we hope to hire him back."
Based on Stoakes' recommendation, the board also unanimously terminated contracts for eight licensed staff members. The total reduction is the equivalent of 2.9 full-time positions. Those teachers may be offered reduced full-time equivalency contracts as recommended for the 2011-12 school year.
"We have a lot of people that might work a .8 (FTE contract) one year, .7 the next year, .9 the following year, just whatever we need," Stoakes said.
The changes, due to "budgetary and class size issues," typically happen every spring, especially at the secondary level, he added.
"We hope to be able to rehire as many of these people as possible," he said.
In other business, the board approved a revised calendar for the 2011-12 school year. Junior high and high school students will have a 90-minute late start every Tuesday. Elementary students will be released from class at 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday, instead of this year's 2:15 p.m. early dismissal.
Teachers would be required to spend 90 minutes working together to improve instruction, which is listed as one of the priorities of the Iowa Core Curriculum.
The district will continue to utilize some of its full- and half-day professional development days, but as a trade-off for the weekly meetings would return two full professional development days to student instruction days.
At the secondary level, the schools would also eliminate two half-day early dismissals during conference time, essentially gaining back a third day of instruction.