Wayne Central School District is continuing to move forward with its transition plan, which involves enacting cost-saving measures for the upcoming school year.
Superintendent Mathis Calvin recently went on his Listening and Learning tour to gather feedback from staff and students regarding the transition process so far. Approximately 300 people participated in this tour, including instructional staff, noninstructional staff, administrators and secondary students.
While hosting these meetings, Calvin said he learned a great deal about staff impressions and concerns regarding the transition.
“I received some great suggestions that are being considered,” Calvin said.
Issues brought up included changes in scheduling and maintaining current programs and staff. In addressing these concerns, district administration will continue to meet with staff to finalize schedules for the next school year. Administration will also evaluate programmatic needs each year. WCSD’s goal is to offer more for students wherever possible. Recent reductions in staffing due to declining enrollment did not have an impact on offered programs.
Many were concerned with the pacing of the transition. WCSD can no longer sustain current practices. Having been classified as a school district susceptible to fiscal stress, it is important to address inefficiencies.
Protocol for resolving concerns was an ongoing theme throughout the tour. Many said district protocol is too restrictive. WCSD’s protocol is similar to most area school districts and guides community members, staff and students through the proper channels to get any and all concerns addressed.
Other concerns noted with the district’s transition included tension among staff, staff feeling like they are being misrepresented by community members and co-workers, how it is important to recognize that all of the schools are changing and the need to remember to keep students first.
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