School Staffing Shuffles Continue

Payson Unified School District Office - South entrance

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Bracing for feedback from laid-off employees, the Payson Unified School District school board will meet on Wednesday, June 5 at noon for what promises to be another rocky budget session.

At the same meeting, the board will officially hire a new vice principal for the high school.

Most of the growing number of personnel shifts will show up on the consent agenda, which means the board may not actually discuss the changes.

As of last week, principals had not offered employment to 18 hourly employees. The district has increased its administrative ranks this year, but avoided teacher layoffs — although many teachers have reportedly left.

Superintendent Ron Hitchcock said he expects to hear of more staff leaving either because budget dollars have run out or personal decisions.

On Wednesday, three teachers and a speech therapist will resign in addition to the hourly staff lay-offs.

Hitchcock said the district has to reduce staffing because of enrollment declines.

“The district lost students and did not lose staff, in fact more staff was added,” said Hitchcock. “This is not a value judgment and it’s not being done in one fell swoop — the district needs to hit all the priorities.”

The priorities changed with the hiring of a vice principal at the high school instead of the junior high. The district shifted the middle school vice principal to a newly created districtwide position to oversee career and technical education.

Newly hired district Director of Student Achievement Brenda Case says the enrollment levels at the middle school did not justify having both a principal and a vice principal.

Making the first major decision in his new position, newly hired Payson High School Principal James Brian Mabb made the decision to hire Jeffrey Charles Simon as his new vice principal.

Simon’s resumé lists one full year of administration experience after teaching for two years in Colorado. He received two master’s degrees in education from Walden University in Maryland.

While working as a vice principal at the Moffat County High School Bracing for feedback from laid-off employees, the Payson Unified School District school board will meet on Wednesday, June 5 at noon for what promises to be another rocky budget session.

At the same meeting, the board will officially hire a new vice principal for the high school.

Most of the growing number of personnel shifts will show up on the consent agenda, which means the board may not actually discuss the changes.

As of last week, principals had not offered employment to 18 hourly employees. The district has increased its administrative ranks this year, but avoided teacher layoffs — although many teachers have reportedly left.

Superintendent Ron Hitchcock said he expects to hear of more staff leaving either because budget dollars have run out or personal decisions.

On Wednesday, three teachers and a speech therapist will resign in addition to the hourly staff lay-offs.

Hitchcock said the district has to reduce staffing because of enrollment declines.

“The district lost students and did not lose staff, in fact more staff was added,” said Hitchcock. “This is not a value judgment and it’s not being done in one fell swoop — the district needs to hit all the priorities.”

The priorities changed with the hiring of a vice principal at the high school instead of the junior high. The district shifted the middle school vice principal to a newly created districtwide position to oversee career and technical education.

Newly hired district Director of Student Achievement Brenda Case says the enrollment levels at the middle school did not justify having both a principal and a vice principal.

Making the first major decision in his new position, newly hired Payson High School Principal James Brian Mabb made the decision to hire Jeffrey Charles Simon as his new vice principal.

Simon’s resumé lists one full year of administration experience after teaching for two years in Colorado. He received two master’s degrees in education from Walden University in Maryland.

While working as a vice principal at the Moffat County High School

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