“Our district grew by more than 200 students this school year,” said Dr. Matthew Wendt, Superintendent of Schools. “Coupled with the increased student enrollment this school year, managing class size and school capacities, and bringing back a number of teaching positions cut or reduced over previous years, adding these positions will go a long way to improving our schools’ climate, culture, and the impact on teacher instruction and student learning.”
Thirteen of the new teaching positions will be at Fayetteville High School, eight in the elementary schools, three in the junior highs, and one at the middle school level. The vacancies include classroom teachers, special education teachers, and teachers in fine arts and world languages.
“Several weeks ago, all principals and program directors met with our senior leadership team to discuss personnel needs. At the end of the day, FPS had identified 91 certified and classified positions, stated Dr. Wendt. “I appreciated the planning and advocacy from our principals and directors. I also appreciated our district leadership team helping to find a financial pathway to focus more of our revenue on what matters most, and we know that this is the classroom.”
The remaining personnel recommendations will be used to create a multi-year staffing plan. Later this spring, pending other financial discussions, more certified and additional classified positions will likely be open, including jobs for classroom support, custodial, security, operations, and maintenance.
The revenue to pay for additional teachers is possible through an increase of $2 million in assessed valuation of property in Fayetteville. “New construction and city growth have resulted in an assessed valuation increase. Our city and school district are thriving. Let’s use new local revenue to support the local public school district by hiring new teachers and managing class size,” stated Dr. Wendt.
Additionally, the school district will fill all 23 positions that are being vacated either by staff retirement or resignation. The 48 total staff positions available are posted on the district’s website under employment.