Manchester school budget proposes more assistant principals, gets close look by board
Much of the discussion concerned the budget's allocation of $742,000 to hire more assistant principals, while reducing the overall salary line for teachers and other employees by $128,800.
The budget proposes $742,000 to hire more assistant principals, one at each of the three high schools and 2.5 to split their time at the five elementary schools.
"You weren't able to give an answer on state standards (on class sizes). It does give me significant heartburn."
Assistant Superintendent David Ryan said hiring the additional assistant principals was a directive from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), which accredits city schools."I think it's unrealistic to expect any high school to grow, if the chief instructional leader of a school is having to administer detention ... in these very large complex urban high schools," Ryan said.Ryan said the NEASC is conducting a review of principal staffing levels at the request of the district's principals.
The budget projects a $128,800 reduction in the salary line for teachers and other employees, with an associated reduction in benefits of $82,000. At the same time, it projects a $881,000 increase in health insurance costs.Livingston said the reduction in the salary line was possible because of the retirement of veteran employees.
Near the end of the budget discussion, Ward 9 board member Art Beaudry made a proposal to close Manchester High School West, a move he said could free up $1.9 million in the district budget.A motion was made to reject the idea, which was approved overwhelmingly, with three abstentions, including from Beaudry himself.
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