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Westmoreland community rallies against mass transfer of school employees

Posted on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 9:57 am

a surprise notification signed by Assistant Superintendent James Cook that they were being transferred to other schools in the county for the next school year. Those being transferred, as well as members of the community, are yearning for an explanation.  Secretaries, nurses, physical education teachers and other unconfirmed positions are among those being transferred.
School Board Chairman Iris Lane explained that transfers are made based on needs; those needs could be budget, greater need for a certain position, functional, operational, etc. Lane said that Dr. Lowry was looking at ways to improve the school system and switching members has been a possibility. Lowry stated that “typically transfers are not acted on by the school board – board actions are reserved for the BIG personnel decisions such as hires, terminations, approval of long term leaves of absence etc. Transfers fall within the daily operations of the school division for which the superintendent is responsible. See Policy GCI and GDI on our website.”
Dr. Lowry stated and discussed that transfers are based on identified needs within the school system with the ultimate goal being to have an effectively and efficiently functioning school system to address student academics.
With the large number and array of employees being moved, it is not clear to the community what needs these transfers were based on or how the move improves the school system.
Lowry explained that two of the letters were delivered to employees who requested transfers and the other eight transfers were based upon recommendations from supervisors and principals or re-assignments by the superintendent and assistant superintendent.  “I cannot say specifically what positions because we are so small that would identify individuals.  I will also add that just because a base school is changed – that has nothing to do with supplemental duties such as…


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