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Newton-Conover schools cut 14 TAs

June 14, 2011

The Newton-Conover School System will cut 14 teacher assistant positions next year to compensate for funding being retracted by the state, school officials announced Monday.

NCCS Superintendent Barry Redmond said the school system must return about $852,000 in discretionary reversion funding to the state and cutting positions is one of the only ways to create that money.

“It’s like your daddy gives you $100 for the week, and then he says you have to give him $20 back,” Redmond said. “And then you get to decide where you want to make up that $20 from. It could be gas, food — it doesn’t matter.”

Out of the 14 TA positions cut, two were resignations, five were layoffs and seven were terminations. The cuts amount to about 20 percent of Newton-Conover’s TA population.

Redmond said after sustaining cuts the past two years, there are not many places to make up the discretionary return.

“It’s either TAs or teachers, and we felt like the greater need is to keep a decent ratio in classrooms as possible,” Redmond said. “We did not want to find the money for the return in teaching positions. We have tried to protect the classroom teacher, as well as teacher’s assistant, but we are to a point now where there is no other place to grab that cut.”

Redmond said an evaluation “rubric” was used to determine which TAs to cut. Using teacher evaluations, the top 35 percent of TAs in the system were held harmless. The system then looked at performance levels and evaluated each teacher’s track record.

“A large driver of determining whether they went on the termination list is if they had developed over years,” Redmond said. “We created an evaluation rubric and we tried to assess performance in regards to quantity and quality of work, and we did include in that attendance issues over time.”

Most of the TA positions were cut from Conover School, a special education center that serves about 140 students. Redmond said the cut TAs from Conover School will be filled with transfers from other elementary schools.

Conover School Principal Betsy Rosenbalm said she did have an opinion about the TA cuts, but did not want to comment on the issue.

Rosenbalm said an eight student to three teacher ratio is required by law in each classroom because Conover School’s students are “severe and profound.”

“They are losing some people, but our goal in every situation is to make sure we have the very best people hired to do their job,” Redmond said.

Two full-time Career Technical Education (CTE) teacher positions will also be eliminated next year. The positions are being eliminated because of low enrollment in the classes, which drives CTE courses, said Sylvia White, Newton-Conover City Schools’ personnel director. The money from the two CTE positions can go toward the discretionary reversion return, White said.

White added that federal funding currently assisting the school system will end next year— potentially causing more cuts.

“We are not through the bad storms. Next year, we will be back at this again,” Redmond said.

Redmond wanted to reiterate that the cuts are being made as a last resort.

“You can’t accomplish this with a little here and a little there,” Redmond said. “We take no pleasure in removing people from their jobs, its traumatic and our hearts go out to these people.”

Catawba County Schools are also working on potential staffing changes for next year, but Assistant Superintendant for Human Resources Pat Hensley said they are not making preemptive decisions.

“We are working on getting as much information as we can and then make the decisions we have to make,” Hensley said. “We want to make sure we have the numbers before the decision.”

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June 16, 2011 by Backbone (not verified), 2 years 44 weeks ago
Comment: 468

Ok, now that I have had my estrogen, I can amplify my concerns. Here is the deal with these local government and education "professionals" i.e. Dr. Redmon. They spend a whole lot of time at "conferences and seminars" where they participate in professional development, where supposedly, all this knowledge they gain will benefit us poor lowly taxpayers. But the real deal is, they would rather hang out with their peers and leave the daily "dirty work" (running the schools and government)to their deputies. This way they dont have to soil themselves with such things as making sure the "special needs" kids at Conover School are getting what they need. Oh yes and dont forget, when they go to these "conferences" they get what is called PER DIEM. That means that besides a stay in a fancy hotel (these guys DONT stay in a Econolodge!) they get to eat at only the best restaurants and get a whole bunch of money just for traveling. For example in Washington D.C. they get around $275 per day! If they drive their own cars, they get about .50 PER MILE for mileage!

If these highly educated cats need so much "continuing education and professional development" to do their jobs then fire 'em and hire someone who can stay put in Newton and run the show. Then you can get rid of the deputies 'cause they wont be needed. GUESS WHAT, YOU WILL SAVE ENOUGH MONEY THAT YOU CAN KEEP ALL THE TEACHERS AND TEACHERS AIDS AND THE WINNERS ARE THE KIDS A CONOVER SCHOOL AND THE TAXPAYERS.

Here is what I would like to see in a school board member. Say I am elected. I will periodically call the good ole doc. He should return my call promptly (on his taxpayer supplied blackberry). If he is a t a conference, then he doggone sure better have an explanation for it or his need to attend (beyond, professional develpoment) or you sure bet I am gonna push for his immediate removal and replacement with one who dosent feel the need for so much "face time" with his illuustrious peers! One last secret before I go, the real reason they go to these seminars and stuff is to make sure they maintain contacts so they can bail out and find a better job that pays more in a more "amiable" environment for someone as "eduacated asthemselves"

So I suggest we look into this. Call the guy and see what he is up to. Now this applies not only to the school beurocrats but the City Managers and his "deputy as well. WE ARE GETTING TIRED OF THIS GLENN!

Now that is a horse of a diffrent color

June 16, 2011 by Backbone (not verified), 2 years 44 weeks ago
Comment: 467

IF "DR" REDMON TRULY, HAS NEVER BEEN TO OBSERVE THE GOINGS ON AT CONOVER SCHOOL, THEN HE SHOULD BE FIRED TODAY!
ALL KIDDING ASIDE, THIS IS UNFORGIVABLE! A LEADER, AND HE IS A HIGH PAID LEADER SHOULD BE VISABLE AT ALL TIMES EVERYWHERE! THAT IS WHAT IS WRONG WITH ALL FASCETS OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT. THE BEUROCRATS AND THE ELECTED LEADERS ARE TOO FAR REMOVED FROM THE CONSTITUENTS THEY SERVE. WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU EVER SAW GLORIOUS GLENN PATTISHALL WALKING THE STREETS OF NEWTON OR RIDING AROUND WITH HIS WINDOW DOWN TALKING TO PEOPLE AND SEEING WHAT IS WRONG OR JUST HOW THINGS ARE GOING. THE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT SHOULD BE IN EVERY SCHOOLIN TOWN AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK. AS A KID I DISTINCTLY REMEMBER FORMER SUPERINTENDENT SHERRILL CRANFORD VISITING US FREQUENTLY, AND I REMEBER MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL BOARD DINING WITH US IN THE CAFETERIA. THAT IS WHAT PUBLIC SERVICE IS FOLKS! I SUGGEST YOU ALL REMEMBER THAT AND TAKE A PART IN THE NEXT CAAMPAIGN! I AM DEAD SERIOUS ON THIS ONE FOLKS! VERIFICATION OF THE CLAIM THAT OLE DOC rEDMON HAS OR HASN'T VISITED THE SCHOOL IS SIMPLE. THE SCHOOLS KEEP A LOG AND THE LOG IS A MATTER OF PUUBLIC RECORD. DEMAND TO SEE THE LOG AND CROSS CHECK WITH HIS CAR USE LOG AND VOILA, EITHER HE IS OR IS NOT DOING HIS JOB. IF NOT, PACK YOUR JUNK IN A BOX AND HIT THE DOOR. HIRE JERRY WILLARD, HE IS THE BEST THERE IS, EVEN IF HE AINT A DOCTOR. SIGNED: "DOCTOR" BACKBONE, PHD IN LIGHTNING BUG STUDIES.

"I AM LIKE A LIGHTNING BUG, NOT HERE TO SET THE WORLD ON FIRE, JUST TO SHOW MY BUTT!" Ancient Guatamalan Saying

TA cuts!!

June 16, 2011 by Conover School ..., 2 years 44 weeks ago
Comment: 466

Why in the world would they cut more TA positions from Conover School than others? Does Dr. Redmond not understand that these children need stability in there life? My question is how much time does he spend at this school or how much time has he ever spent with these wonderful students? I am a very actitive parent at Conover and I never see him there. I did see him at Conover School's graduation and he never had a smile on his face or he never even said one word while he was there to anyone. As soon as the graduation was over he darted out of the gym. Please tell me how this man knows anything about these children? You can not just take people out of this school and put any TA in at Conover School. The students at Conover School need things that at other schools would never even think about doing. Have the TA's been told that they might have to change a 20 year old man/woman's diaper? Or have they been told that they might have to feed the kids with feeding tubes or with bottles? Or with my child she might have a seizure or she could have a behavior and start spitting on everyone or just slap someone for no reason. This is what these teachers and TA's go through everyday but you know what they love it!! This school takes someone special that truly loves them for who they are and no matter what they do the TA's still love them.
I do want to let Dr. Redmond know that I have heard from other parents that a TA that is from another school say " I can not go over to Conover School and work with those CRAZY KIDS!!!" Dr. Redmond is not going to like some parents if that person comes over to Conover. To the TA's that were let go from Conover I am truly sorry for this I know that you all loved your jobs very much. I am sorry that you are going through this right now. I am also sorry for how cold they were to ya'll when they came and told you about your jobs. Please know that if we as parents had anything to do with it you all would have your jobs back and Dr. Redmond would be out of his job!!!!
We love our teachers and our TA's at Conover School very much and we just hate that this man has done this to our children.
From a very mad parent of Conover School!!

Geez lady...

June 16, 2011 by Backbone (not verified), 2 years 44 weeks ago
Comment: 461

....maybey you need to get evaluated your self. You hit the dogone reply button THREE times with the same message. Man the LIBTARDS, EDUSOCIALISTS, AFRO-LENINISTS and MEDISCARE NAZIS are really showing their colors. The legislature is under and active threat advisory, seems the EDUNAZIS are really showing their true colors (and that color is RED!) in Raleigh. Look at teh Raleigh News and Observer online and just look at the poor kids they trotted up on a public stage witha outline of a Penny around their faces! This is EXPLOITATIVE AND NEEDS TO STOP. IDENTIFY THE TEACHERS WHO PURPOTRATED THIS OUTRAGE AND FIRE 'EM NOW!

Geez lady...

June 16, 2011 by Backbone (not verified), 2 years 44 weeks ago
Comment: 460

....maybey you need to get evaluated your self. You hit the dogone reply button THREE times with the same message. Man the LIBTARDS, EDUSOCIALISTS, AFRO-LENINISTS and MEDISCARE NAZIS are really showing their colors. The legislature is under and active threat advisory, seems the EDUNAZIS are really showing their true colors (and that color is RED!) in Raleigh. Look at teh Raleigh News and Observer online and just look at the poor kids they trotted up on a public stage witha outline of a Penny around their faces! This is EXPLOITATIVE AND NEEDS TO STOP. IDENTIFY THE TEACHERS WHO PURPOTRATED THIS OUTRAGE AND FIRE 'EM NOW!

WHY CONOVER SCHOOL

June 15, 2011 by dianewilson, 2 years 44 weeks ago
Comment: 458

Why take TA's from a special need school when the need for TA's
is greater there. It is like Mr. Redmond does not care about this
children and there needs.
I am a parent of a child that atends Conover School and the TA's
that were laid off or terminated are TA's that truly care and show
this children how much they are loved.
If there needs to be cut backs in the School, what about some of the jobs in the NCCS office. It should start there with cuts, not the schools.
Why not think of the children instead of so many office jobs. A Truly Upset Mother.....

WHY CONOVER SCHOOL

June 15, 2011 by dianewilson, 2 years 44 weeks ago
Comment: 457

Why take TA's from a special need school when the need for TA's
is greater there. It is like Mr. Redmond does not care about this
children and there needs.
I am a parent of a child that atends Conover School and the TA's
that were laid off or terminated are TA's that truly care and show
this children how much they are loved.
If there needs to be cut backs in the School, what about some of the jobs in the NCCS office. It should start there with cuts, not the schools.
Why not think of the children instead of so many office jobs. A Truly Upset Mother.....

WHY CONOVER SCHOOL

June 15, 2011 by dianewilson, 2 years 44 weeks ago
Comment: 456

Why take TA's from a special need school when the need for TA's
is greater there. It is like Mr. Redmond does not care about this
children and there needs.
I am a parent of a child that atends Conover School and the TA's
that were laid off or terminated are TA's that truly care and show
this children how much they are loved.
If there needs to be cut backs in the School, what about some of the jobs in the NCCS office. It should start there with cuts, not the schools.
Why not think of the children instead of so many office jobs. A Truly Upset Mother.....

Well Boo Hoo!

June 15, 2011 by Backbone (not verified), 2 years 44 weeks ago
Comment: 451

I guess the EDUSOCIALIST (uhm I mean EDUCATORS) will ahve to make do with without their "assistants". I mean why the heck do they have assistants anyway. For hundreds of years teachers have taught and taught well all by their lonesomes. I thought we were spending sooo much money recruiting and training these so called fine folks, and payem so much why cant they handle the job of teaching WITHOUT an assistant?
Thank goodness the legislature is finally making the school/PTA mafia and the soccer mom crowd accountable to the taxpayers. This is so much better than being handed a blank check without oversight or questioning all because it is ....wait for it "good for the chil'ren" (for proper effect you must say it with a high pitched lisp in a nasal twang!)
Now is JUST the start, i really want to see a examination of the curriculum they are allowed to teach, by the legislature! Maybey we can get rid of silly muck like "The Marriage of Q and U, and the "Civil Union of I before e, except after c". Perhaps a good dose of civics and good citizenship is in order!

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