Pinellas "turnaround" schools rehired most of their staff members
After years of chronic low performance, five schools in Pinellas County were forced to go through a state-mandated restructuring that required new principals be assigned and instructional staff members to reapply for their jobs.
Now, in the first week of the 2013/14 school year, it appears that only one of the five schools has a mostly new roster. Melrose Elementary has 29 new instructional staff members and 13 returning staffers. As the Times reported earlier this month, new principal Nanette Grasso was the reason that many teachers joined Melrose this year.
The other four "turnaround" schools hired back many of their old staff members. At Fairmount Park Elementary, which has a new principal, 36 instructional staff members came back to the school this year, while 25 new staffers were hired. At Maximo Elementary, which kept its principal, 35 people returned this year; 18 people were new.
At Azalea Middle, which kept its principal, 57 people returned to the school this year, while 22 were new hires. Pinellas Park Middle, with its new principal, had 24 new hires and 40 returning staffers.
Most teachers who received evaluations with effective or highly effective ratings could expect to be rehired for the 2013/14 school year, if they wanted to remain in their positions. All of the schools had high transfer requests, but those were submitted before some new principal changes were announced.
To keep and recruit good teachers, the schools offered $3,000 incentive bonuses.