Elementary jobs could be lost
By TARA REILLY
Washington County public schools could lose 23 full-time and one part-time elementary teaching positions at the end of the school year if the grants that fund those positions are allowed to expire, school officials said Tuesday.
John Festerman, director of elementary education, said those teachers could apply for vacancies that are anticipated through retirements or they could transfer to the secondary level if they have the qualifications.
As a result of the possible job eliminations, the School Board expects class size to increase at the elementary level by an average of two students per class. The average elementary class size now is about 21 students.
Festerman said the smaller elementary schools might see a greater class size increase because there are fewer classes to absorb the additional students than in larger schools.