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Chemistry Class Still Without A Permanent Teacher

Substitute has been filing in since school began.

District officials are in the process of hiring a new chemistry teacher at after a teacher who was hired withdrew his or her name from consideration to fill the position.

Assistant Superintendent Marysol Berrios said that the search for a replacement began in June, immediately after district officials were notified that the  then-current teacher was going to be out on maternity leave. The long-term vacancy began on Sept. 1. A substitue has been teaching the class since school began.

"A candidate was selected, but as the hiring process moved forward this individual elected to remove them self from consideration. As a result, the search had to begin again," Berrios said. 

Principal Robert Reis, by way of a committee, Berrios said, will review resumes, conduct interviews, and present the best candidate to Superintendent Ray Gonzalez.

"If more people had their kids without a chemistry teacher or a math teacher or an English teacher, they'd feel the same way that I do," Lisa Rosen said. "My son’s education is at stake here. My son happens to be a very good student and this is affecting his education.”

Rosen said that her son, a sophomore, has not received any type of significant instruction in the class since school began last week. 

"I grew up in the Wayne School District and we moved to Wayne because of the excellent reputation that the district has," Rosen said.

Berrios said that "the district's curriculum for all our courses is always in place, available and ready for all substitute teachers to deliver."

Board of Education President Donald Pavlak Jr. defended the unusal posiition officials have been placed in as a result of the candidate withdrawing his or her name from consideration.

"We're doing the best we can to hire the best candidate possible," Pavlak said. "We had someone hired but they withdrew their name."

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Tls September 13, 2012 at 12:01 PM
The Superintendent has responded that it is not unusual to start a school year without a teacher in the classroom. Where exactly is it not unusual? Certainly not in top ranked schools. So now we aspire to be mediocre. According to people inside the school there were many options discussed that were disregarded by the central office. The BOE should talk to the people in the school to find out what really is going on here so that it doesn't happen again.
Rush to Justice September 13, 2012 at 10:34 PM
Great...one comment for something that will hurt everyone in town but hundreds for anything sports related. sigh
PainterMan September 15, 2012 at 02:44 AM
If I am correct, I believe this predicament is due to the outsourcing of substitutes. Source 4 Teachers now hires long-term subs and has not provided a replacement. No one cared when it meant only day to day subs were being outsourced. Rush- I agree there should be more chatter here.
diane September 15, 2012 at 03:00 AM
As a community we must be more diligent to insure our educational budget dollars are being spent on teachers in the classroom. For years we survived just fine without an assist superintendent and now look at the athletic director(s). We used to have two people - one at Hills and one at Valley. Now we STILL HAVE THOSE two people being paid their same salary but we have addition three more athletic administrative positions. The Director of Athletics ($130k) plus two school athletic administrators (around $60k each). How is it that the superintendent thinks we are not spending more money? I should hope the school admin can do the math!
Concerned September 15, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Sorry not true PainterMan. The policy of hiring uncertified and unqualified subs to replace teachers has been going on for years in Wayne. While it is conveniant for administrators to blame Aesop or Source4 teachers it is simply not the case. Currently, both schools are lacking Algebra, Chemistry and Environmental. Students are sitting doing busy work. Honestly I have never experienced anything like this in other districts where I have worked. Concerned

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