SCHOOL BOARD McDonald district OKs job descriptions

Teachers will be freed up to help struggling pupils with class work.
McDONALD -- The McDonald Board of Education approved the creation of job descriptions that it believes will free up teachers to work more with pupils.
The board adopted a policy Monday to allow the hiring of study hall monitors at the high school and cafeteria monitors at Roosevelt Elementary School.
The new positions are for September through June. The new employees will be paid $7 an hour and will receive retirement benefits.
Superintendent Michael Wasser explained that there will be two cafeteria monitors at the elementary school, who will replace the two teachers who are doing those duties. They also will monitor the playground at Roosevelt, a job that teachers also performed.
At the high school, the study hall monitors will free up teachers to handle other educational duties.
At Roosevelt, the free time given to teachers by the hirings will allow them to do interventions with pupils who are "at risk" or struggling with math, reading or citizenship instruction, Wasser explained.
New courses
High school Principal John Larocca said new classes have been added this year. Teachers who no longer will have study hall will now be available for interventions and to teach elective courses that have been added.
New courses added at the high school this school year are the American College Test prep class, eighth-grade high school technology course, physical geology/meteorology, strengthening and conditioning and jazz band.
Other classes added as electives include chemistry, advanced chemistry, and biology.
Other high school teachers also have been given smaller classes. For example, instead of having one Algebra I class there are now two.
Interventions also are planned for the seventh and eighth grade.
Those hired will work on rotating schedules. They are:
UStudy hall monitors: Cheryl Politano, Kristin Gray, Diane Hughes.
UCafeteria monitors: Jo Marie Jones, Patricia Rutushin, Patricia Pustay, Deann Howard and Shawn Lovas.

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