Transfer requests for Pinellas teachers should be in today
Pinellas County teachers looking to make a change need to put in their requests to transfer by today.
The window for voluntary transfers opened Feb. 17 and closes today. Teachers will get another chance to put in a request this year, starting April 28 and ending June 19, according to a district memo. Principals will make their recommendations next week for reappointments for the 2014/15 school year.
Transfer requests typically have been highest at the school district's most challenging schools.
Last year, Melrose Elementary had the highest request rate, with 71 percent of the instructional staff asking to be moved. Lakewood Elementary wasn't far behind, with 70 percent of the staff requesting a change, followed by Belcher Elementary (68 percent,) Campbell Park Elementary (63 percent,) Fairmount Park Elementary (60 percent) and Sandy Lane Elementary (60 percent.)
It will be interesting to see what the transfer request rates are for Melrose and Fairmount Park, both of which have gone through staff restructuring this year as part of the state's differentiated accountability process. Teachers were offered $3,000 recruitment bonuses this year to work in those schools.