get it; we have a limited pool of resources and an almost unlimited pool of
needs. Which means we have to prioritize our needs and I really like some of
the priorities that the super has highlighted. Having deans of discipline and
after school transportation are incredibly important and never should have been
done away with. Some of his others though leave me scratching my head like the
implementation of testing coordinators at every school, which seems like
something assistant principals use to do and the dismantling of our librarian
a librarian in our schools, especially for a district with a reading problem
shouldn’t be optional. The super says he is giving principals the choice but
funny he didn’t give them the choice about having a dean and ISSP teacher or
not (full disclosure, I like those positions) so isn’t that a bit
pay for the librarians too, if the district thought they were important enough
to have anyways. The district is
required to keep 3% of its money in reserves about 25 million dollars. The
super said it would cost about 7 million to put librarians in all the district’s
schools. Then according to the Times Union the board wants to keep 7% in
reserves, that is about 33 million more than it is required to. Friends that
means the district could pay for the librarians and still keep double the
amount they are supposed to.
super said our librarian bench is shallow, that it would be hard to find enough
librarians to put in all our schools but this goes to a bigger problem I think
we have and that’s why aren’t we being proactive. Why aren’t we beating the
bushes to find librarians, world-class teachers and exemplary school leaders?
It’s like we are content to sit back and use TFA, an ever-revolving door of
rookie teachers, to let our librarian bench die out and to promote people who
can pass a test, some will be great but if past is prologue then we know more
than few won’t be.
dollars we are keeping in the couch cushions and use it to go out and find the
best and the brightest and to bring them to Duval. Lord knows some of our best
and brightest have left for greener pastures because of previous administrations mismanagement.
Finally where I think us having a shallow librarian
bench is debatable, it is irrelevant because if you have been following the news you know it looks like
the city through its budget cuts is going to make more than a few librarians
At the end of the day there will be one reason and one reason only that many of our schools go without a librarian and that’s the district doesn’t think they are important enough to have.