Linkel emphasized, “I honestly think we should at least have one person going between the (two) buildings … who has come out of college with the training.”
The director of student learning said a teacher had shared concerns with her about the lack of counselors. She explained the teacher “was unaware of resources we already have in place,” such as school-based psychological services. “There are lots of resources we are not using. At BPS, for example,” emotional disabilities teacher Kayla Bradley is scheduled to spend half of her time working with kids who need extra support in general classrooms. Burton vowed that if educators are not meeting students’ needs, the decision will be re-evaluated. “We have to see if we’re utilizing the people we currently have in place.”
A few minutes later, while trustees and administrators discussed the meeting’s positives and negatives, the superintendent said, “Dollars are always a concern as we look at next year’s budget. A counselor does cost a whole salary.” Because the person most likely would have a master’s degree, that annual pay could be in the $50,000-$55,000 range, he reported. “We’re open to looking at that.”
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