Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Bad News :(

The school board in my county decided today that with the $10 million dollar deficit in the budget they were going to be making some job cuts. They announced that we will lose 56 teaching jobs & ALL of the teaching assistant positions! HOLY COW! And, if that wasn't enough, they also said that the class sizes will increase next year. WHAT?!?! I have 21 kinders now with a full time TA & we are skimming by. I cannot imagine having even more kids & no help at all. Who is going to help with behavior problems, potty accidents, stomach bugs, tying shoes, handing out tissues, putting on band aids, leading small goups, intervention...??? I am freaking out!! I am hoping that things will work out & some funds will open up so that these awesome TA's don't lose their jobs. I know that my TA is outstanding & it would be a crying shame to lose someone that is such an asset to our students!


Mrs. Hastings said...

Jen, I know how you feel. Our staff at my school went from 35 down to 21 classroom teachers! I teach full day kinder and have 25 students!! It is crazy at times, especially when you add in the behavior issues. All I can say is, "Hang in there!" I do what I do, because I love the kids!

sspeller said...

I know how you feel too! We haven't had paras/assistants in our county in over 3 years now and it is really hard! The only thing I can say is that you will get used to it EVENTUALLY, so don't sweat it too much, but there are some things that you just won't be able to do anymore without that extra help! Good luck!

SC Teacher 28 said...

I know what you mean. It is scary every year when it comes to budget time. We have had a salary freeze for the past 3 years. It has been hard but at least no one has lost their job. We have had to endure larger class sizes too. As of right now I have 23 kinders but another teacher at our school in kindergarten has 24 already. I have had as many as 26 in one class. It is hard but you get through it.

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