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Hart district welcomes 30 new teachers

Posted: August 3, 2009 2:59 p.m.
Updated: August 3, 2009 8:55 p.m.
 
More than 30 new teachers will be introduced to the Wm. S. Hart Union High School District as it launches the 2009-10 school year this week with training for all new teachers.

Returning teachers will be back at schools on Tuesday, Aug. 11, and class will start for all students on Thursday, Aug. 13.

Even though the Hart District expects enrollment to decline slightly for the new school year, new teachers have been hired to replace those who retired or left the district over the summer.

More than half of the new teachers will be serving students with special needs, while the remainder are spread across the curriculum.

"We had a large number of qualified applicants for the teaching positions we have available this year," commented Rochelle Neal, assistant superintendent of human resources. "Many of them are coming from districts that are laying off teachers and many of them come with a wealth of classroom experience."

New teachers will report Thursday, Aug. 6, for a workshop in the district's technology and teaching strategies. The following day will be devoted to a workshop with the district's Peer Assistance & Review team, which serves all district teachers with fewer than three years of teaching experience in the area for which they have been hired.

New teachers will take part in workshops at their assigned schools on Monday morning and will be welcomed to the district by a luncheon sponsored by the Hart District Teacher's Association.

Schools will hold their own site meetings on Tuesday, Aug. 11, as all teachers return to work. The following day is set aside for teacher preparation in anticipation of the start of school on Aug. 13.

The district expects just over 23,000 students for the 2009-10 school year, a slight decrease from last year's numbers.

The district also is negotiating with its teacher's union for increased class sizes to help compensate for the state budget shortfall.

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