Avonworth proposes assistant principal for elementary school

The Avonworth School District may hire an assistant principal for the elementary school.

Personnel committee chair Brenda Barlek told school board members at their work session on Tuesday that the district needs to look into hiring an assistant, preferably this year.

Superintendent Dr. Valerie McDonald said that consultant John Esaias currently is helping elementary school principal Dr. Darlene Tartaglione.

Barlek said that increased enrollment and the size of the school, make an assistant at the elementary school a necessity. She said that there are 45 teachers that the principal supervises. Board member Frank Mucha added that there also are 27 teacher aides that are supervised by the principal.

Barlek also said that a lot of the teachers at the elementary school are newer, requiring a little more assistance.

"They deserve a supervisor they can reach," Barlek said.

Board president David Oberdick noted that there is a large number of children that the principal is responsible for as well.

"We ask Dr. Tartaglione to take care of 700 of our kids," Oberdick said.

McDonald said that hiring an assistant principal would be the permanent solution.

"This is the next step," McDonald said.

McDonald said that the assistant principal would deal with attendance issues, other student issues, various activities, and work on school schedules.

The board is expected to approve the assistant principal position at next week's regular meeting.

They also are expected to vote to extend an agreement with Esaias for the first semester of the school year. He will work two days a week at $50 per hour plus mileage.

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