Based on the Danville district's staff allocation plan for 2004-05 approved Monday night, each of the five schools in the district - Hogsett, Jennie Rogers and Toliver elementary schools, Bate Middle School and Danville High School - will lose one full-time certified position. It will be up to each council to decide what position will be cut.
In addition, five district positions at least temporarily will be eliminated. These will be the technology resource and curriculum teachers, including 2004 Teacher of the Year Patti Rowland; one TRT position is assigned by district central office to each of the five schools in the district. The TRTs were among the positions temporarily cut last year but eventually restored.
The Danville district employs 170 certified personnel.
The next step in the process comes in a little over a month at contract renewal time. Based on the money picture at that time and on decisions by school councils on the positions they would eliminate, boards of education must notify certified personnel whether their contracts will or will not be renewed for 2004-05. In the Danville district, the practice has been to notify all non-tenured faculty that their contracts will not be renewed, as well as personnel holding any positions specifically eliminated in the staff allocation plan.
"Like last year, we are hoping that enough money eventually will be available to us so that we can eventually renew all contracts," said Rowland. "We know the notification process, where we tell our newer faculty their contracts might not be renewed, is hard on them. But we want to give them time to prepare in case the non-renewal does become a reality.
"Last year, we were fortunate to be able to get the money we needed for all certified positions and to give the notified teachers good news about their contracts," he said. "We have our fingers crossed that the same scenario will be played out this year. But as of now, we don't know for sure."