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Staff turnover tops 50 percent in Central Falls overhaul

January 4, 2012

More than half of the faculty has left Central Falls High School since the district began planning for a state-ordered turnaround in early 2010.

District officials say just 40 of the original 88 certified employees remain at the high school. Three teachers were removed for performance reasons. The other 45 left for a variety of reasons, including retirements and frustration over what some describe as a negative atmosphere at the school.

Many teachers who remain say tensions between teachers and administrators have eased now that the overhaul is in its second year, and school officials are optimistic that targeted programs are helping more students to graduate.

However, many teachers who left the school remain angry, saying teachers were unfairly blamed for the school’s poor test scores and graduation rates.

Ironically, 50 percent was the minimum number of teachers the district would have let go, if it had not reached an agreement with teachers to move forward on the overhaul. The district fired the entire school faculty in March of 2010 but later rehired everyone after the teachers’ union agreed to a longer school day among other conditions, in exchange for an increase in teacher pay.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Miss Fortune permalink
    January 5, 2012 2:43 pm

    i do not think it is ironic. I think that the super did everything she could to hit her target number in staff reduction.

  2. Read between the lying permalink
    January 5, 2012 2:49 pm

    it shows the duplicity of the super who made an agreement with her faculty and went on to be sure to reach her original goal . Faculty may have retired or left due to intimidation and back office deals but people were also let go by layoffs, too.

  3. January 5, 2012 3:15 pm

    That may be true. I am working on getting some time to talk with Central Falls administrators, and I will ask about layoffs. Do you have any other questions you would like to hear them respond to?

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