Before diving into the figures, Sumner began with a disclaimer.
“Please realize that every one of these figures is relative because we still don’t have a state budget,” she said.
Based on a high school staffing formula with an ominous projection of 666 students for next school year, the school will be allowed to employ 32.5 classroom teachers next year.
Though the SBDM is told how many teachers they can hire, Sumner reminded the council that they have complete autonomy in how to utilize the positions, i.e., whether to hire a math or a science teacher.
She also told the council that, unlike other districts that require councils to hire their teachers under a certain budget figure — kind of like a salary cap — the high school SBDM is free to hire those more experienced teachers that come with a higher salary.
“You can do that — we want the best teachers for our students,” Sumner said. “You have the possibility to hire the best possible teachers you can get.”
For the rest of this story, please see this week's edition of The Cadiz Record.