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SCHOOL BOARD APPROVES EARLY RETIREMENT POLICY CHANGE

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THE SIOUX CITY SCHOOL BOARD PASSED AN EARLY RETIREMENT POLICY THAT WILL LIKELY LEAD TO CHANGES IN THE WAY READING IS TAUGHT IN THE CITY’S MIDDLE SCHOOLS.

THE BOARD IS HOPING TO HAVE 45 TEACHERS TAKE EARLY RETIREMENT INSTEAD OF LAYING OFF STAFF DUE TO A BUDGET CRUNCH.

THAT POTENTIALLY MEANS MIDDLE SCHOOL READING WILL BE COMBINED WITH ENGLISH INTO ONE CLASS BECAUSE OF THE STAFF CUTS.

THE BOARD APPROVED THE MEASURE BY A 5-2 VOTE.

SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT DR. PAUL GAUSMAN ADDRESSED THE READING ISSUE AFTER AN HOUR OF PUBLIC INPUT AT MONDAY’S SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AND SAYS THERE’S BEEN MISINFORMATION ABOUT WHAT THE DISTRICT WILL DO REGARDING READING INSTRUCTION.
OC………IN THIS SITUATION. :15

HE SAYS READING WILL STILL BE TAUGHT IN MIDDLE SCHOOL, ALTHOUGH IT WILL BE DIFFERENT THAN WHAT’S HAPPENED IN THE PAST:


OC……..IN OUR PROFESSION. ;21

GAUSMAN SAYS THE SCHOOL DISTRICT LOST 110 STUDENTS THIS YEAR WITH THE CONCLUSION OF THE CF INDUSTRIES CONSTRUCTION PROJECT, WHICH WILL REDUCE STATE FUNDING BY $6591 PER STUDENT, A LOSS OF AROUND $700-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

THE SCHOOL BOARD HEARD FROM 16 CITIZENS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS MONDAY NIGHT, WHO EXPRESSED CONCERNS ABOUT THE CHANGES IN MIDDLE SCHOOL READING.

ALL OF THOSE WHO SPOKE OPPOSE COMBINING READING WITH ENGLISH CLASSES, ELIMINATING READING AS A STAND ALONE CLASS.

JOHN GLEESON, A COMMUNITY BUSINESS LEADER, ASKED THE BOARD WHY THEY WOULD CONSIDER ELIMINATING MIDDLE SCHOOL READING:


OC……..BUDGET NEED. ;14

KATHRYN FAIRCHILD, WHO TEACHES READING AT WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL, EXPRESSED CONCERNS THAT MANY PARENTS COULD NOT AFFORD PRIVATE READING TUTORING FOR THEIR CHILDREN IF THE CLASSES WERE REDUCED:


OC………TEACH MANY OF THEM. ;11

JULIE FISCHER, ANOTHER WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER, GAVE THE SCHOOL BOARD A PETITION WITH 560 SIGNATURES OF RESIDENTS OPPOSED TO READING CUTS.

SAM WAGNER, WHO HAS THREE CHILDREN IN PUBLIC SCHOOL, READ A LETTER ON BEHALF OF HIS 6TH GRADE SON, WHO IS ENROLLED IN THE TALENTED AND GIFTED PROGRAM AT NORTH MIDDLE:


OC…THE TAG READING PROGRAM. ;12

OTHERS BROUGHT UP CONCERNS THAT READING CUTS WOULD IMPACT THE NUMEROUS E-S-L STUDENTS IN THE DISTRICT WHO ARE TRYING TO LEARN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

THE BOARD TOOK NO SPECIFIC ACTION OR OFFERED COMMENT ON THE READING ISSUE, AS IT WAS NOT LISTED AS AN ACTION ITEM ON THEIR AGENDA AND WOULD HAVE VIOLATED OPEN MEETINGS LAW IF THEY DID.