The Surry County School Board of Education again discussed the effect losing teacher assistant might have in the classrooms, though no one yet knows if the cuts will take place.
The General Assembly has not yet passed the 2015-16 budget, but both chambers of the General Assembly have proposals that would cut teacher assistants from the state’s school systems, as many as 8,000 statewide if the Senate version of the budget is passed.
Locally, that would mean 62 assistants cut from the Surry County school system. With school just around the corner, it’s not clear what will happen.
“We have told principals to plan as though the teacher assistants will be in the classrooms,” Superintendent Travis Reeves told the board Monday night.
It’s not clear what happens if the budget is not passed until after the school year begins.
In an unrelated matter, the system’s third grade teachers were recognized for work they did in helping at-risk students advance their reading skill levels. At mid-year during the previous school year, nearly two thirds of the county’s third grades students were at risk of having to complete a summer reading program, according to school officials.
However, through focused efforts to address the reading deficiencies, just 49 students had to complete the program and all did so successfully.
The board approved several items during the meeting — the homecoming parade for East Surry High school, two exceptional children contracts for speech therapists for elementary schools, and 22 GPS systems added to activity buses.
Also, a provision to the coach’s handbook regarding attendance of athletes was changed, essentially adding the policy already practiced be printed as an official part of the handbook.
Also, a three-year strategic plan was proposed by Reeves and assistant superintendent Jill Reinhardt, and approved by the board, to help determine the school system’s strengths and weaknesses as well as opportunities and threats. In hopes to improve the goals and priorities of the school board, to customize and personalize learning for students, teachers and parents.
Reeves, Reinhardt and the board plan to introduce the strategic plan on Sept 29 to all system staff, students, parents, community members and business partners.
The event will be held at Pilot Mountain Middle School beginning at 6:30 p.m.
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