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Of the 141 teachers that did not return this fall, 119 of those left the system voluntarily.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Roanoke retained 86.7 percent of its teachers, a retention rate that fell from last school year when the system posted one of its lowest turnover rates in recent years.
Last year 90.4 percent of Roanoke educators returned to the system.
“Last year was a banner year for us in terms of retention,” Sandra Burks, the system’s executive director for human resources, told school board members during a meeting Tuesday, adding this year’s rate is more in keeping with past figures.
Of Roanoke’s 1,060 teachers in 2012, 141 did not return this year and 119 of those left voluntarily, according to a report Burks presented to the board.
While the rate was lower than last year, both Burks and Superintendent Rita Bishop said the system’s turnover rate of 13.3 percent is still well below the average rate for urban districts of about 20 percent. Both said after the meeting they were not concerned.
According to the figures, the most common reasons for teachers leaving the district were retirement or resignation. Of those who did not return, 34 retired and 99 resigned.
Of those resignations, 27 left for another teaching position and 23 relocated or had a spouse transfer. Burks said of those 27 who left for other teaching jobs, 14 took jobs in surrounding systems.
“However in some cases they actually lived in that area,” Burks said of the 14, noting those staffers had been looking for a job closer to home.
In other news, the board:
Since a board retreat earlier this year, the board has been considering a handful of minor elementary school attendance boundary revisions that could affect about 30 students. Board C hairman Todd Putney said Tuesday the school system intends to personally notify affected residents.
The school system is expected to hold two public hearings on the changes in November, one at Patrick Henry High School and one at William Fleming High School. Board members haven’t yet set dates and times for the public hearings, but said they expect to vote on the possible changes in January.
The board also plans to hold a work session next month to discuss how the changes would affect busing and what to do about grand-fathering students into changes.
The proposed revisions are available for the public to review on the system’s website at rcps.info.
As part of the new hybrid Virginia Retirement System plan, localities must elect to join the Virginia Local Disability Program or forgo the program and offer their own plan, which must be comparable. The decision is irrevocable.
Many school systems in the state are forgoing the state plan, intending to get more competitive rates.
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