Blount County Schools releases list of 84 school jobs cut
By Matthew Stewart | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Blount County Schools has released a list of 84 eliminated positions as a result of Tuesday night’s approval of an $81 million budget for fiscal 2013-14.
The Blount County Board of Education cut 24 certified positions:
• Carpenters Middle — one social studies teacher and one technology teacher;
• Eagleton Elementary — one regular education teacher;
• Eagleton Middle — one mathematics teacher;
• Everett Learning Opportunity Center — one teacher;
• Fairview Elementary — two regular education teachers;
• Heritage High — one math teacher and one science teacher;
• Heritage Middle — one self-contained classroom teacher and one math/language arts teacher;
• Montvale Elementary — one regular education teacher;
• Porter Elementary — one regular education teacher;
• Rockford Elementary — one regular education teacher;
• Systemwide — one counselor, one elementary assistant principal, one librarian, one psychologist, and one physical education teacher;
• Townsend Elementary — one regular education teacher;
• Union Grove Middle — one sixth grade teacher and one special education teacher;
• William Blount High — two mathematics teachers.
School officials also cut 52 part-time regular education teaching assistant positions, three full-time maintenance positions, two full-time regular education teaching assistant positions, two full-time custodian positions and one full-time Central Office position.
They plan to redistribute custodial staff based on several variables, including facility requirements, number of students and square footage.
Prior to Tuesday’s staff reduction, Blount County Schools had funded 80 full-time-equivalent custodian positions for 21 school sites. The school district has been reducing custodial staff through attrition. Two years ago, the district employed 90 full-time-equivalent custodian positions.
Blount County Schools also funded 15 maintenance positions, including support staff, for 21 school sites. The district employed two carpenters, two electricians, two heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) technicians, one locksmith, one machine operator, two painters, two plumbers, and one small engine repair technician/welder.
School officials eliminated two painter positions and one laborer position, said Gary Farmer, facilities and maintenance coordinator. The laborer position performed a variety of duties, including carpentry, deliveries and mowing.
School officials previously estimated 29 layoffs: 28 part-time teaching assistants and one school psychologist. However, the number stands to be slightly lower.
Several teaching assistants resigned Wednesday, said Assistant Director of Schools David Murrell. School officials were still working to determine a final number of layoffs.
School officials are also working to fill 11 open positions, which weren’t posted due to pending budget discussions. The positions are:
• Eagleton Middle — one language arts teacher;
• Fairview Elementary — one regular education teacher;
• Friendsville Elementary — one regular education teacher;
• Heritage Middle — one mathematics teacher and one social studies teacher;
• Middlesettlements Elementary — one Title I teacher;
• Prospect Elementary — two regular education teachers;
• Systemwide — one art teacher and one preschool special education teacher;
• Walland Elementary — one regular education teacher.