Pinellas County turnaround schools are hiring teachers
To keep the community up to date on the status of Pinellas County's "turnaround" elementary schools, School Board member Rene Flowers enclosed this letter in an email to media on Friday.
Flowers recapped past board meetings and workshops where turnaround strategies were discussed, including the state's requirements of a turnaround plan and the replacement of principals at three of the five schoolshighlighted in the Times' Failure Factories series.
She also shares how many teachers as of Friday have voluntarily opted out of teaching at their current school, which ensures them a job within their field at another school in the district, or have been opted-out by their principal.
"If principals are to be held responsible for student improvement along with the Superintendent, School Board and Leadership," Flowers wrote, "they must be able to assemble a team they believe will assist them in being supportive and successful in assisting the student, parents, other teachers and campus support staff, and community."
Principals' decisions are based on teacher evaluations, teacher performance, the individual class performance, the additional 1.5 hours added to the school day and one-on-one interviews.
Here's the breakdown by school:
· Fairmount Park: 15 voluntary opt outs, two opt outs by the principal with 16 vacancies
· Maximo has 10 voluntary opt outs, four opt outs by the principal, with 19 vacancies
· Lakewood has 15 voluntary opt outs, four opt outs by the principal with 19 vacancies
· Melrose has 12 voluntary opt outs, three opt outs by the principal with 22 vacancies
· High Point has seven voluntary opt outs, none by the principal, with four vacancies
· Campbell Park has six voluntary opt outs, four opt outs by the principal, with six vacancies
· Sandy Lane has 18 opt outs, none by the principal, with 16 vacancies
· Gulfport has 24 Opt Outs, none by the principal, with 29 vacancies
A teacher fair to attract teachers to schools in the "Transformation Zone" will be held on Wednesday from 4:30 -7 p.m. at Maximo Elementary, 4850 31st St S, St. Petersburg.