Dickinson schools filling open positionsI have reported on the impact that retirements and resignations are having on the staffing needs of the Dickinson School District.
By: Doug Sullivan, The Dickinson Press
I have reported on the impact that retirements and resignations are having on the staffing needs of the Dickinson School District.
In February information was provided that the school district had received 17 resignations/retirements from certified personnel representing 415 years of experience in the district. Since that article was provided in February the number of resignations and retirements has increased.
Currently, 29 individuals in certified positions have submitted their resignations as opposed to the 17 that were reported in February.
The combined years of experience represented is 585 years. Additionally, five individuals in classified positions have submitted resignations in the past few weeks.
The years of experience departing the school district as a result of these five resignations is 96. This brings the total years of experience for the individuals in these 34 positions to 681, or about 20 years per person.
This is a significant loss to the school district in one school year and the knowledge and expertise of these individuals will be sorely missed.
I hope if you know one of these individuals, you will thank him or her for the service provided to the children and the district.
Two school buildings have been particularly impacted by the loss of experience. Berg Elementary has experienced a loss of 123 years with its five resignations and Jefferson Elementary is losing an astronomical 224 years of experience due to eight resignations.
Thankfully, our recruitment effort has been going quite well and the district has eight positions left to fill for the next school year.
I would like to thank all of the assistants in the Central Administration Office for their collaboration in accomplishing this task and the team work they have demonstrated to guarantee the positions are getting filled.
It is particularly important to recognize Cyndee Egeness, Human Resources administrative assistant, for all of the extra work and effort she has exerted to accomplish this task.
This recruitment effort has required extra effort beyond previous school years and her diligence in securing qualified and quality applicants to interview has significantly contributed to the success we have experienced.
Finally, in February I expressed concern about the impact housing and housing prices may have on recruitment. The school has been fortunate that of the seven individuals hired from out of town, they all have had a local connection that allows them to secure suitable housing.
However, two individuals who were offered positions were forced to decline the offer due to the housing costs.
While I am uncertain if we have received all of the resignations that will occur this school year, I am confident, thanks to the efforts of the Central Administration assistants and Assistant Superintendent Vince Reep, the district will be properly staffed for the upcoming school year.
Sullivan is Dickinson Public Schools superintendent of schools. Reach him at 701-456-0002 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.