Hiring almost complete at Azalea Middle, Maximo and Fairmount Park elementaries
Principals at three of five schools undergoing state-mandated turnaround plans have nearly filled out their instructional ranks for the coming school year.
Azalea Middle, Maximo Elementary and Fairmount Park Elementary have hired back most of their staff members for the 2013/14 school year. As part of the turnaround effort, the schools were to replace their principals and force teachers to reapply for their jobs. Most teachers, however, should have been invited back if they were received a rating of effective or highly effective.
Grego changed the principal at Fairmount Park, but declined to at Azalea Middle and Maximo. He said those principals were a good fit for their schools. Hiring isn't complete at the schools, but it appears from district numbers that the principals are taking back most of their staff members. At Maximo, 26 staffers are returning out of 44, with 12 positions yet to be filled. At Fairmount Park, 31 are returning out of 47, with five positions to be filled.
And at Azalea Middle, 66 are returning out of 84, with two positions to be filled.
It's not clear yet how the hiring process has worked or how many teachers wanted to return to their schools. All of the schools on the state's list had high numbers of teachers requesting transfers. Teachers who do stay or join the staff get a recruitment bonus, as do the principals. Some of the schools had recruitment bonuses this year too.
The district hasn't released staffing information for the other two schools on the list, Melrose Elementary and Pinellas Park Middle.