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Note: And how does a school politicians have labeled "F" replace half its staff? Send interpretations of this sentence to Susan Ohanian: "The moves are utting pressure on schools to recruit new teachers to high-need schools in mostly poor neighborhoods."

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Teacher Drain Hits F schools

By Kimberly Miller

Some of Palm Beach County's toughest schools are losing 50 percent of their teaching staff next year as teachers are let go and others decide not to return.

The moves are putting pressure on school officials to recruit new teachers to high-need schools in mostly poor neighborhoods.

Four F-graded schools were reorganized this year, meaning teachers had to reapply for their jobs if they wanted to keep them.

A fifth school, C-graded Congress Middle in Boynton Beach, was also reorganized. Teachers there will find out Tuesday whether they were rehired.

Others learned their fate this week.

If teachers don't reapply or weren't rehired, they will be given a job at another school in the district.

At Forest Hill High School in West Palm Beach, about 25 teachers reapplied and were not rehired. Another 15 decided not to reapply.

"We are losing some good teachers who just need a change of scenery," said Supervisory Principal Dave Cantley. "We had to make some tough decisions."

Forest Hill, however, is estimated to lose just 33 percent of its staff, much lower than some of the other F-graded schools.

Glades Central High School is losing about 48 percent of its teachers. West Riviera Elementary School in Riviera Beach is losing 53 percent. Lincoln Elementary School, also in Riviera Beach, is losing 48 percent.

District spokesman Nat Harrington said the personnel office is working to fill the F schools and find new jobs for the displaced teachers.

"We are recruiting as aggressively as we can," Harrington said. "We know this is a very emotional process."

— Kimberly Miller
Teacher drain hits F schools
Palm Beach Post
April 12, 2003


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