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Dallas brings back three teaching jobs

DALLAS -- The Dallas School Board approved on Monday, Aug. 8, a recommendation to add back three teaching positions, two full-time and one part-time, for the 2011-12 school year.



DALLAS -- The Dallas School Board approved on Monday, Aug. 8, a recommendation to add back three teaching positions, two full-time and one part-time, for the 2011-12 school year.

The move will add a K-3 elementary teacher to reduce class sizes, a half-time position in language arts at LaCreole Middle School and a full-time social studies teacher at Dallas High School. The total estimated cost of the add back is $155,751.

Adding back positions is the result of an estimated $360,000 in additional revenue not included in the 2011-12 budget approved earlier in the year.

At the board's July 25 meeting, Business Manager Tami Montague told the board there was about $216,616 in leftover revenue in the district's Education Jobs Bill fund, part of the federal stimulus. That was in addition to other unanticipated funds the state legislature allocated to the district after the budget was approved.

At Monday's meeting, Montague said the estimate was holding steady.

Superintendent Christy Perry's add-back recommendation was based on a district-wide staffing assessment, which examined each school's situation and listed the most critical needs.

Among those were: second-grade classes at Oakdale Heights Elementary school projected to have 29 to 30 students, LaCreole's eighth-grade language arts classes with 28 to 33 students, and senior social studies classes at DHS projected to be at 32 to 33 students.

The additional positions aim to reduce those class sizes.

Board members approved the recommendation unanimously.

Other needs remain, but Perry didn't recommend spending more with the school year still more than three weeks away.

"This looked at what our current needs are -- what the pressure points are -- to get us a little something," she said.



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