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Tyler BOE Approves Staff Cuts

By Staff | Feb 17, 2016

MIDDLEBOURNE – Tyler County Board of Education approved on Monday limited personnel reduction and realignment recommendations for the school district’s teachers and staff.

“I’m thrilled to death that we are going to be able to absorb a lot of people who would otherwise lose jobs to make the budget reductions that we need to make through retirements. That’s a win-win for everybody,” said Duane Dober, director of human resources, federal programs and student services. “We lose a lot of experience from our retired people, but our new people are able to maintain a stable position.”

Dober’s report said based on figures from by state Department of Education, Tyler County Schools are currently funding about 13 professional and nearly 19 service personnel positions in excess of the school aid formula. Due to staffing changes arising from retirements, transfers and job eliminations, the report recommended 2.5 overall professional staff reductions. The report said there would be no service personnel positions eliminated.

One teacher’s contract was not renewed due to a lack of need.

Dober said the staffing changes will save the district more than $151,000.

In other matters, the Silver Knights have a new band director.

Effective July 1, Matthew Jennings will be the music teacher and band director for Tyler Consolidated High/Middle schools.

“Mr. Jennings will certainly be an asset to the high school band program,” Superintendent Robin Daquilante said. “He has taken the music program at Boreman Elementary to a whole new level, so I’m sure he’ll do the same at the high school.”

The Silver Knights’ current band director, Wayne Smith, is retiring after 30 years of teaching.

“I know I have big shoes to fill, but I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Jennings said in a telephone interview Monday. Jennings said he did his student-teaching under Smith about 10 years ago.

Jennings said because he has assisted Smith with the band since he started teaching for the district in 2006, he is familiar with the program the students.

“Our goal is a smooth transition process,” Jennings said.

The future band leader is a music teacher/choir director at A.I. Boreman.

“I’m really excited and looking forward to working with and teaching kids that I’ve had as students before,” Jennings said.