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Large number of Coxsackie-Athens teachers being reassigned

Jun 10, 2019 2:15 pm
Sarah Trafton is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media an exceptional number of teachers are being reassigned for the 2019-20 school year in the Coxsackie-Athens Central School District. “We had 18 teachers reassigned this year, all but one to a different building,” Coxsackie-Athens Teachers’ Association co-president Ben Richards said during a special board of education meeting last week. “That is an extraordinary amount of movement.” Reassignments are not unheard of, but the number this year is unusually high, Coxsackie-Athens Superintendent Randall Squier said. Squire said more than 75 percent of the reassignments were based on vacancies created by retirements and enrollment shifts. Because enrollment is declining, there was a need to shift teachers to the middle school, he said. Richards said retirement and class size cannot account for all the transfers. However, "...we are confident they will be fully prepared to provide a high-quality education to their new students,” he said. The dramatic changes should not harm the educational environment for students, Squier said. The district administration gave teachers advance notice of the changes, he said. “They were notified May 23,” he said, adding the district was not required to notify the teachers until the end of June. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.