St. Louis schools Superintendent Kristi Teall expects a statewide teacher shortage to be among the discussion topics at a superintendents conference this week.
“Hopefully we’ll get good news, but I’m not expecting it,” she said at the school board meeting Monday.
The teacher shortage has affected St. Louis schools in a couple of areas. “The first area is in the number of applicants we have applying for open jobs,” Teall said via email. “Just a few years ago, it wasn’t uncommon to get 40-50 applications. Today it is more like five or six, and in some cases none at all. We have not had to leave any positions unfilled. There are many things that could be done to alleviate the problem, but I do not have control over those decisions. They need to be made at the state level.”
Possible security upgrade
Teall hopes to get money to update the school district’s video surveillance system by applying for a $100,000 grant from state government.
The grant proposal, written by Nikkari Principal Eugene Binder, would replace existing security cameras and related paraphernalia with 162 new cameras, Teall said.
Additions and subtractions
The board accepted the resignations of bus driver Edwin Hoyt and the hiring of Rosetta Hamilton (Title I aide at Nikkari), Sarah Mikesell (fifth grade teacher at Nikkari), Kaitlyn Sandow (Title I aide at Carrie Knause), Andrew Bebow (JV boys basketball coach) and bus driver Monica Hess.
A Title I aide is a paraprofessional who works with students struggling with academics or with their learning in some way. His or her salary is paid for out of Title I funds which comes to from the federal government.
Title I is a program that started with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. The intent of this program and money is to improve the academic achievement of the disadvantaged. It is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging standards.
The hiring of Andrew Bebow was voted on separately because he is the son of board member Kelly Bebow, so she had to abstain from voting.
Jeff Baxter, Don Kelley, Greg Walterhouse, Carrie Beeson, Carrie Salladay, John Pavlik and Kelly Bebow were present.