PERSONNEL COMMITTEE MEETING
December 7, 2020
Committee Members Present: Kevin Lamoreau-Chair; Pia Holmes
Committee Member Absent: Christopher Clarke
Board Members Present: Staci Fortunato, Edward Hastings, Kati McCormick, Jan Michaud, Amanda Olson
Administrators Present: James Anastasio, Katy Grondin, Troy Alexander, Theresa Beaudoin, Kathy Casparius, Heather Gauthier, Sarah Landry, Shelby Thibodeau, Teresa Violette
1. Review class sizes related to the different models of instruction
Katy Grondin, Assistant Superintendent, presented the numbers for class sizes for the elementary schools and what teachers are handling right now in regards to our models of education and what the enrollment numbers look like. She said principals work collaboratively around equity in class sizes. The attached information is what classes look like right now but it is very fluent. Principals have to watch class sizes to make sure we are within CDC guidelines in regards to social distancing. It limits the number of students in each classroom. Some teachers do some in person teaching and some do both in person and remote teaching. Teachers also have the responsibility of keeping up with learning platforms like Seesaw and Google Classroom so students have learning opportunities when they’re not in person.
The challenge for Pre-K is the number of students that could be in a Pre-K classroom. Parents are not required to send their child to Pre-K. Normally there are 95 students in Pre-K and this year there are 44. There is a large number of students in Cohort C (remote only) in all the schools.
Enrollment numbers for this year are down from last year by about 88 students and out of the 88 48 are Pre-K. The average decrease of students across the state is about 4 ½ percent.
Kim Silsby, Cony Middle/High School principal said approximately 25% of Cony students are in Cohort C which is about 250 students.
Kathy Casparius said last year there in grades 9-12 there were 601 students and this year we are up 17 students. In grades 7-8 we are down 14.
2. Review NEO staffing numbers compared to last year
Staffing positions that go into the EPS formula are up 2.8 teacher positions from last year.
3. Review staff absences compared to last year
Ms. Grondin said staff attendance is stronger this year compared to last year.
The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.