Despite expecting a decrease in the number of teachers employed by the Killeen Independent School District in the 2014-2015 year, administrators don’t foresee any layoffs.
“Over the course of the next several months, particularly after May when school gets out, we will have teachers who voluntarily leave,” Superintendent Robert Muller said Friday. “Those numbers sometimes approach 300, 350 or even as high as 400.”
According to staffing allocations presented to the board during its monthly workshop Thursday, the district plans to have a net reduction of 38 teachers for the upcoming school year based on a projected enrollment of 42,019 students, rezoning and student-to-teacher ratios.
At the elementary level, there will be 49 fewer teachers; however, the district will add six bilingual teachers due to growth in that area.
Middle schools will see a decrease of seven teaching positions.
Killeen ISD expects to add 11 high school positions and one teacher at the career center next year.
“To a teacher, that’s kind of invisible,” Muller said. “With 2,800 teachers and 400 hires generally going on every summer, there’s room for reductions if that’s what the staffing allocations call for.”
Steve Cook, the district’s chief personnel officer, said it’s normal for the school to experience attrition.
“Even if there’s an overall growth of teachers, some campuses will still have reduction simply because of where the student enrollment falls,” Cook said.
“Every single summer, at least one person leaves every campus for some reason.”
Last year, 180 teachers retired and even more leave the district due to personal reasons, Cook said.
“We are fortunate that we have spouses of soldiers who are educators and they come and it really brings a great experience and diversity to our community, but they leave when their spouse gets orders,” he said.