RSU 13 to lay off some educational technician positionsChanges to impact 36 staff members next school year
Superintendent Lew Collins, Board Chairman Tess Kilgour, and district-employed educational technicians met Jan. 7 to discuss changes to classroom structures requiring better educated staff.
"It was a difficult meeting. Hopefully we answered some questions and can move on from here," said Collins.
The district is converting their autism and "behavior" programs to a day treatment model. This model requires ed tech III level support. Ed tech III positions require additional education and training than ed tech I or II positions.
Ed tech I's are not allowed to give instruction, and typically work as bus, recess and cafeteria aides. The inability to perform certain duties "hampers" the district's ability to meet students' needs, a letter from the superintendent's office said.
In the 2013-2014 academic year, ed tech I positions will be "reduced in-force" and replaced by ed tech III positions.
There are 36 ed tech I positions in the district out of 70 ed tech positions. The position requires a high school diploma.
Ed tech II positions require 60 hours of college course work or 900 documented conference, workshop or training hours.
Ed tech III positions require 90 hours of approved study, according to the state.
"The district is doing this to assure that students have benefit of highly-skilled staff with appropriate credentials," the letter said.
The district hopes several students it is currently paying out-of-district tuition for will now be able to return to the district with the improved program.
Additionally, the district is requiring remaining ed tech l’s convert to ed tech ll status within five years.
Other districts increased staff educational requirements in 2004, according to the letter.
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