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Let's be clear that this is only because Mrs. Cantwell has taken a job in admin to be the Coordinator of Student Services, something she will be AMAZING at.
The good news is if Melissa Campbell does not get elected, she can use her education and experience to fill the newly created position Coordinator of Coordinators.
I don't recall anyone questioning why the position was open, but the description of the job is interesting. One can only wonder which of the brown nosers it was custom made for. No other principals in the entire district are curriculum specialists. For that matter, no one at the AD Building is, either.
@7:29No one is more excited about Cantwell's position than the freshman teachers she has stiffed over the years. She'll be a perfect fit with the people at JSAB.
No administrative experience necessary. The description must be specially written for a particular teacher who subs a lot for Cantwell. They have limited secondary teaching experience and they're going to evaluate teachers. Good luck JHS.
JHS teachers are used to making a big decision every year. Stay and get screwed over for another year, or leave and hope things are better in the neighboring districts. After attending conferences for the last of my children last week, I can tell you that most of them have left. There were very few left from the pre-tornado days. What a sad situation that it is always those teachers who pay the price for the bad decisions made at central office. I'm glad we are finished. It's not what it used to be, years ago.
Correct me if I'm wrong..but the two buildings in the Joplin school district that make up the most teacher turnover is the high school and east middle school. The school I work at had a total of 4 teacher that did not come back this year. Two of those retired and one was asked to not come back. So is it fair to say that only two buildings in the system have large turnover.....What other buildings have a large turnover? Also is there anyone that can tell me what the turnover rate is in schools around us. In a conversation with a teacher from Mac County, he said they had a large number of teachers that left last year also. Stating that some where going to Arkansas where they would be making more money.
10:35The high school has indeed turned over a large number of teachers the last few years. However, the same administrative group is there that was in place prior to the tornado. If you look at all of the other changes imposed on a constant, almost daily/weekly basis, you will find why your teachers are leaving. Also, it can't just be these two buildings. The high school employs roughly 100 teachers, so if 100 or more teachers are leaving every year, there must be a significant number from the other buildings. McKinley lost all but one or two this last year. The blame goes to Central Office, the Land of Nonstop Innovation. Stability will be restored when these people are removed and some truly experienced, responsible, and practical people are put in their place.
10:35Since you asked to be corrected, your statement should be,..."but the two buildings in the Joplin School District that make up the most teacher turnover ARE the high school and East Middle School. The school AT WHICH I WORK had a total of four teachers WHO did not come back this year." There are numerous additional, and rather egregious errors in your statement, but this will do for now. I know Besendorfer, et al, believe that grammar and composition are skills people just pick up as they go, but apparently, that isn't so. How can we expect our students to learn good composition skills when their teachers are sadly lacking? This person hasn't even conquered basic capitalization.You're welcome.
Good question. Bad grammar.
I don't see where he or she has to cry on command.Oh and he or she has to be Huffs lap dog.
Many people leave Mac County for districts that pay more. Small districts have that happen. Notice that they didn't come to Joplin.Over the years, the elementary teacher turn-over has been bad. There were at least a couple of schools that had huge turn-over several years in a row. As the pets have been moved into the elementary buildings, the turn-over has increased.Bottom line, if you're a pet, you can stay but you must be careful not to accidentally do or say something that doesn't go along with the Huff & Co. dogma.You have to question when people who have worked in a district for 20 years, and sometimes more, leave for another district or just quit teaching all together.
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