Floyd County Superintendent Jeff McDaniel sent an email on Friday to staff who will remain in the ranks after the school system’s Reduction In Force.
The reassignment timeline shows those continuing to serve as assistant principals, counselors and media center personnel will know of their reassignments by March 18.
Those holding fine arts positions “in our small elementary schools” will be notified of their reassignments by April 22, the email read. Those being reassigned to the classroom from an administrative, counseling or media position — and all other teacher reassignments — will be determined by May 15.
McDaniel said in his email that the timeline was estimated but he felt it was essential to let personnel know as soon as possible, given the highly anxious environment within the schools.
“We are confronting the reality of losing valued colleagues for next year and this is certainly cause for uneasiness,” he said. “The flames of uncertainty are intensified by a lack of information. I hope this will help to provide more clarity in the restructuring process.”
McDaniel said there is no plan to cut additional personnel but “there are many facets to consider” when reassigning — such as the number of students enrolled in school for next year, the number of retiring personnel, personnel leaving for other reasons and the restructuring of middle- and high-school scheduling.
He wrote in the email that, on the middle school level, the schedule may be a hybrid period-day and block-schedule. And the high school schedule may be based on a seven-period day.
“We certainly hope any changes in the fall would be minimal but there is always the possibility that some adjustments may have to be made in August or early September,” he wrote. “We are still working on schedule samples to share with Local School Governance Teams, teachers, parents and the community. It will take some time to finish discussions and finalize a schedule that will provide optimal opportunity for our children, schools and our community.”
Knowing emotions are high among the community because of the RIF, McDaniel asked that personnel exercise patience while the decisions are being made.
“I ask that you please be patient in regard to reassignments and focus on the needs of your children as we move closer to state testing,” he wrote. “In the end, all that we do must be about the education of children in our classrooms.”