CCSD hires elementary counselor, two teachers
When kids went back to school this week, there were some new faces among the staff.
The Crook County School District hired 25 new licensed staff and 15 new classified staff members for the 2017/18 school year.
"It isn't unusual for us to have around 20 hires," said Regional Human Resources Director Jayel Hayden. "We had over 20 teacher hires last year."
Three new licensed positions were created, two temporary teachers were hired, and 20 licensed staff were hired to replace those who left their positions. Additionally, the district hired for 15 classified positions, such as bus drivers, janitors and instructional assistants, to replace those who left.
Hayden says there are a couple of main reasons for the turnover rate, including retirement and staff taking jobs in another districts.
The three new positions include an art/graphic design teacher at the high school, a health teacher at the middle school, and an elementary school counselor that will split time between Crooked River and Barnes Butte elementary schools.
"With the increased state school fund, we were allowed to be able to fit these into our budget," Hayden said, adding that Measure 98 will fund the graphic design portion of the new art/graphic design teacher because it meets the career technical education requirements.
Crook County High School has not had an art teacher for nine years.
The Crook County Middle School health teacher position was created to expand the elective offerings. Many teachers who normally teach core classes have had to pick up one or two sections of health and now will teach electives instead.
Two temporary CCMS social studies teachers were hired to fill the spots of two additional teachers who are on a one-year leave of absence due to medical or school reasons.
"We make those temporary when we know we have somebody coming back," Hayden explained.
Barnes Butte Elementary Principal Jim Bates had advocated for an elementary school counselor, noting that the district has not had one for many years. A counselor, he said, would provide students extra support as well as social and emotional training.
School board members supported the decision.
"We have a lot of traumatized kids coming into our program. If we catch them early, we can help," School Board Vice Chair Patti Norris had said during a board meeting in July.
The 15 classified position changes included a handful of new bus drivers.
"The majority of those would be that they are aging out of positions," Hayden said of other classified positions. "We're usually much more stable with our classifieds group."