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Washington school board discusses adding positions

GTNS photo by Gretchen Teske

Washington High School and Washington Middle School could see new employees this fall if the school board takes the recommendation from the school superintendent to add a position.
GTNS photo by Gretchen Teske Washington High School and Washington Middle School could see new employees this fall if the school board takes the recommendation from the school superintendent to add a position.

WASHINGTON -The Washington Community School District could possibly add two employees for the upcoming school year if the board chooses to take the advice of the superintendent.

At the school board meeting Wednesday night, district superintendent Willie Stone told the board he felt the school was understaffed in regard to the athletic director (AD) position in comparison to other districts. Every other school in the conference has a separate employee for the assistant principal position and the athletic director position.

In the Washington school district, there is only a high school principal and an assistant principal/AD. The same formula goes for the middle school, he said.

School board President Eric Turner commented that the positions were combined a few years ago in an effort to save cost. However, Stone proposed the district separate the two jobs by adding two more employees to fill the positions.

“It’s really taking away from both buildings because that AD job just pulls time. We want to make sure that we’re trying to give our students what they need and that we’re trying to give our staff what they need as far as professional development and the required help they need,” he said.

No formal proposal was given, but Stone estimated the cost to the district being bout $100,000 for salary.

“This is something that I really feel will be best for our students (grades) 6-12,” he said, adding he would bring more information to the next meeting.