Wauwatosa schools to have about 10 fewer teachers next year

May 24, 2011

The Wauwatosa School District will have about 10 fewer teachers in 2011-12 than it did this school year, according to a staffing report presented to the School Board on Monday.

Most of the reduction - 7.6 full-time equivalents - will happen because of increased class sizes at the middle schools and high schools. Dan Chanen, the district's human resources director, said the average pupil-to-teacher ratio was increased from 24.5 to 25.5 at the middle schools and 25.5 to 26.5 at the high schools.

However, more teachers could be added back over the summer if enrollment dictates, Chanen said.

The other big change taking place next year will be adding 6.45 full-time equivalent Spanish/elementary teachers as Wauwatosa begins its elementary Spanish-language program this fall.

The School Board in January approved implementation of the program, which will provide Spanish instruction to first- through fifth-graders two to three days a week.

To pay for the new teachers, the district has reorganized its elementary libraries, putting one coordinator in charge of all nine elementary school libraries and 4.5 full-time equivalent library media aides. That will work out to about a half-time employee in each library, Chanen said.

The staffing report is part of the district's preparations for the 2011-12 budget. Superintendent Phil Ertl said the district will present the 2011-12 budget during the next School Board meeting, which will be held at 6 p.m. June 13 at the Fisher Building, 12121 W. North Ave.


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