Linda Lerner concerned about Julie Janssen's Title I plan
Superintendent Julie Janssen's plan to re-slice the district's Title I pie to include middle and high schools has been added to Tuesday's School Board workshop agenda after at least one board member raised concerns about the extent of the cuts to elementary schools.
Janssen's proposal includes an end to "off the top" funding for four Title I positions at each elementary school (a reading coach, a math/science coach, a Title I facilitator and an intervention specialist). Once those positions are factored in, elementary schools are "talking 60 to 70 percent cuts" in Title I funding, said board member Linda Lerner.
"We have to look at the real cuts," Lerner told the Gradebook. "It just seems like we're cutting so much (from elementary schools) without looking at the impact. We did not get enough information about the possible impact. Wasn't this money well spent?"
A revised agenda was sent out Saturday, after Lerner e-mailed Janssen on Friday.
Lerner also said she wanted to know whether elementary school principals had been given the opportunity to weigh in on the impact of the cuts. "I don't think there was any input," she said. "I think they were told this is what's going to be."
You can read more details about the changes, and the reaction of some principals, in this story from Sunday's St. Petersburg Times.