Teachers are moving in Hillsborough County
The Hillsborough County School District has filled more than half its 200 teacher vacancies through a "redeployment" of nonclassroom teachers.
The redeployment, a key component in the district's drive to save $130 million in yearly spending, affected subject coaches, resource teachers, even some assistant principals.
As of Friday, spokeswoman Tanya Arja said there have been 130 transfers, and only 80 vacancies remain.
The district's human resources department has been working with the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association to work out the reassignments. Some happened during a transfer period in November. Others will use a process known as the "pool," in which employees are given a list of available jobs.
We checked back with Jeannette Teeden and Michelle Scolaro, a reading coach and student success coach who the Times profiled in November at Durant High School. Both said they enjoyed their jobs but would not mind returning to the classroom. And that's exactly what happened to Scolaro, who will become a teacher again on Jan. 2.
"It is a very strange place to be emotionally," said Scolaro, who has been busy meeting with other teachers and her current students. "But I am grateful that I have a position at this school."