BY GARY SIMONE
There will be 10 new teachers in the Roslyn School District starting next September. Allison Brown, deputy superintendent, gave a presentation at last Thursday’s meeting, stating that all of the new hires would be full-time employees in the 2016-17 school year.
Brown said that there will be one new full-time employee at the Heights School and one new full-time employee at Harbor Hill. The Middle School will add three new teaching assistants and Roslyn High School will add one new teacher’s aide. One new maintenance worker will be added to the school districts building and grounds crew. The East Hills School will welcome in a part-time school psychologist.
The district will also be looking for candidates to fill a new a position in the 2016-17 school year.
“It will be for our facilitator position, which will be on a per diem basis,” said Brown. “We want to see where we can go with this and I know it’s going to be big.”
The facilitator will take on many roles including being responsible for monitoring the internship program, overseeing the Foreign Exchange program, building and monitoring the Career Center website and looking into financial aid opportunities for students.
The per diem rate for the new position will not exceed $60,000.
The presentation also included enrollment figure projections for the next school year. According to the projections, the high school is the only school that will see an increase in student enrollment going from 1,036 students in 2015-16 to 1,078 students in 2016-17. This is an increase of 42 students.
The Heights School looks to have the biggest student drop off with a decrease of 33 students in the 2016-17 school year.
Brown attributed the drop off to normal fluctuations in the student population.
Highlights in the secondary level schools in the 2016-17 school year will include an increase in special education teachers in the Middle School and additional English and STEM electives being offered to students.
In the high school, new Science courses such as Physics 1 AP and Physics 2 AP will be offered to students for the first time. There will also be additional STEM, Social Studies and World Language courses to choose from.
“Compared to most of our colleagues who are down we are still where we are supposed to be in the budget,” said Brown. “We are still able to build our programs, our AP courses and other electives which is a good thing for our students.”
This Thursday, April 7, the board will have a special meeting in front of Roslyn High School at 6:30 p.m. for a ceremonial groundbreaking event. The event will be held as a result of the recently approved capital bids that were awarded. The board will then convene for their monthly meeting at 8 p.m.