Dr. Tekshia Ward-Smith (Chief Human Resources Officer)
The HR Report for January 2014 includes
* New contracted employees
* New non-contracted employees
* Resignations and terminations
There is also a monthly update relative to the vacancy report along with resignations and comparisons to other districts. (Note: This document is not posted). We are strategically and aggressively continuing to hire personnel. We have 22 early childhood vacancies. The district held a student teacher job fair on December 17th. We had about 65 participants. Most elementary vacancies should be removed shortly.
In addition to the Spanish vacancies, we are in contact with the Latin American Association. We are trying to get permits and assist those trying to become educators to meet the needs of the district.
We are attacking the vacancies to ensure there is high quality and highly qualified teacher in front of all students.
We are all concerned about the relatively high vacancies compared to other systems. Can you get back to us with a 6 month plan to address this?
My role is to ensure we have quality teachers in front of all students. However, retention is something we are all on. Part of the strategic planning process, one of our initiatives is retention. Please note that the open positions are not necessarily the same. We fill them and then others come.
I analyzed why educators left the district since November 1, 2013. Essentially, a majority is retirement. There were some illnesses and other personal reasons. We are aggressively recruiting, but until our salary structure and some other things are in place, it may be somewhat difficult for educators to see the benefits of staying in DeKalb.
This comparison to other districts is helpful. Can we get an analysis of the reason of these other district’s vacancies?
I contacted the state to get that info. Our reason codes don’t necessarily match the reason codes in other districts.
Would it make any sense to get together with colleagues from other districts and develop a centralized database? We’re all in the same market. Maybe we should all agree on some of these things.
Mr Orson, that’s taken very well. But, we need to look at what’s going on in DeKalb. What are we doing and not doing. You’re dealing with retention any time you’re dealing with people. Every organization has retention issues. You’re going to have retention things that are going on.
When you look at retirement, retirement is an ongoing situation. That’s not something that you can control. So we have to be careful not to belabor and utilizing our staff and administration to continuously looking at what’s going on elsewhere, but looking at what’s going on at home. What are we doing? What are we not doing? What can we do better in order to improve what’s taken place here.
Be well recognized, Mr. Orson, that as an educator, most educators do know what’s going on in other systems. So, when there are vacancies in one, they gonna know there is a vacancy in another. That’s because of the fact, they are looking to go to other places.
We have to also begin to look at what are we paying people to be on the front line of working with our children. What are we paying people to say that they’re appreciated? What are we paying people to say that all your education is really counting?
I think at some point, again as I said before, it’s a mindset. Until our nation, until our localities change their mindsets about education, you’re gonna have vacancies. There are going to be people who are just going to leave and some are going to look at opportunities elsewhere or they’re leaving education all together. So, I think that we would be best served if we spent our time looking at what’s happening in DeKalb, what are people saying why are we not doing … or what can be done? We might already be doing it, but can we control when people want to leave.
So, I would like to not see us take and waste a lot of time looking at everybody else. Because, when you’re looking at a smaller system compared to DeKalb, who has gotten a lot from the Atlanta city when the projects was closed down, and we look at the different languages, that doesn’t compare to most of the other districts around. So, I think that we would be better served just sometimes just looking at what’s going on in our own house and stop trying to fix and look at what’s going on in everybody else’s house.
- DeKalb Schools 2018 and 2019 Independent Auditor’s Reports
- Sept Survey Results – Updated Input on Returning to School
- Teacher Town Hall – My Notes
- Football Spectators – Billboards – Teacher Town Hall
- DeKalb Schools Is Returning to Face to Face Learning
- Re-Open Athletics & Schedule
- Booster Club Policy Townhall
- Formula To Calculate Moving To Hybrid
- COVID-19 Cases Trending Down
- Divisive Statement By Dr. Joyce Morley
- Conditions To Move To Hybrid
- Sports – DeKalb Schools Delays Athletics
- School Virtual Opening Update
- Professional Development Institute
- DeKalb Schools Approved 2020-2021 School Calendar
- Micro-Schools – Students & Teachers Coming Together
- DeKalb Schools New 2020-2021 School Calendar
- Results – School Re Opening Survey
- DeKalb Notice of Property Tax Increase
- Opening Schools in Metro Atlanta
- DeKalb Schools Re-Opening Update
- Survey Results – DES 4/5 Academy Site Name
- DeKalb Schools Re-Opening Framework
- Public Input on Name of DES 4/5 Academy
- DeKalb Schools – FY2021 Budget Considerations
- Meeting 2 – Naming Committee – DES 4/5 Academy
- DeKalb Schools Approves TSA Settlement
- Cheryl Watson-Harris – DeKalb Schools Superintendent – Sole Finalist
- Meeting 1 – Naming Committee – DES 4/5 Academy
- Officially Naming the DES 4/5 Academy
- CDC’s Considerations For Schools
- Virtual Classrooms – The Future of DeKalb Schools
- Superintendent Search & Anna Hill, CPA, For Board of Education
- Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremonies
- FY2020 Metro Atlanta Teacher Salary Comparison
- Superintendent Crew – Positive Public Feedback
- Rudy Crew – DeKalb Schools Superintendent – Sole Finalist
- 2020 Graduation Ceremonies – Superintendent Student Advisory Council
- How Do I Claim My ‘A’ And Call It A Year
- DeKalb Schools – End Of Year Guide For Students And Families
- DeKalb Schools Closing – Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Central Office Reorg
- 2021 Utilization Matrix
- DeKalb Schools Audit Policy Debate
- FAQ – Fall 2020 Redistricting Plan
- E-SPLOST V Revision Plan
- Fall 2020 Redistricting Elementary Schools
- Trailer Count Across DeKalb Schools
- Nancy Creek Elementary – Immediate Relief For Dunwoody & Chamblee Clusters
- Dunwoody Elementary School Redistricting & Utilization
- Removed SPLOST Projects & GO Bond
- Redistricting Round 4
- Correcting Operations Austin Redistricting Guidance
- DeKalb Schools Volunteer Policy
- New CFO – DeKalb Schools
- Dunwoody Cluster Redistricting – Round 3
- Doraville United Redistricting – Round 3
- 2019 – 7 Year Enrollment Forecasts – Dunwoody Elementary Schools
- 2019 Enrollment Forecasts For Chamblee & Cross Keys Elementary Schools
- Dunwoody – Elementary School – Growth Projections
- Interim Superintendent Ramona Tyson
- DeKalb Schools 2020-2021 Approved Calendar
- Tomorrow Vote Yes-Robert Miller And NO-Revised Ethics Act
- DeKalb Schools 2020-2021 Calendar
- New Visitor and Volunteer Policy
- DeKalb Schools Calendar FactChecker Poll
- Austin Elementary School Redistricting – Round 2
- 2020-2021 Calendar Options
- DeKalb Schools Calendar Update
- Jester Community Town Hall
- Doraville United Redistricting – Round 2
- DeKalb Schools E-SPLOST Project Recommendations
- Public Feedback Results – GO Bond & E-SPLOST Projects
- News & Updates – 10/7/2019
- AP Exams – Return on Investment
- Capacity Determination Guide
- Redistricting First Round Summary – Austin and Doraville United
- Meeting Tonight – Redistricting Dunwoody Cluster Elementary Schools
- Coffee Talk With Stan Jester And Friends
- IEP Accommodations Neglected
- DeKalb Schools 2019 Graduation Rates
- Redistricting – Geographic Proximity – Austin And Doraville United
- DeKalb Schools 2020 Graduation Schedule
- Air Conditioning at Chamblee Charter High School
- Not Fans of the GO Bond
- E-SPLOST/GO Bond Discussion Materials
- 2019 Chromebook Rollout Update
- Cross Keys HS – 2019 Milestones Results
- Redistricting Dunwoody Cluster Elementary Schools
- Chamblee Charter HS – 2019 Milestones Results
- Dunwoody HS – 2019 Milestones Results
- DeKalb School Calendar 2020-2021 Update
- New Principals And Assistant Principals
- Functional School Restrooms By Law
- Smaller Schools Are Better Schools
- Public Meetings – GO Bond & E-SPLOST Projects
- Racially Insensitive Hairstyle Ban at Narvie Harris Elementary
- DeKalb Schools – 2019 Milestone Results Summary
- Moving the Magnet and the Middle School In Chamblee
- DeKalb E-SPLOST Program Budget and GO Bonds