Jul 25, 2013 6:27 PM by Chris Welty

Displaced Teachers Waiting on New Assignments

The Lafayette Parish School System is still working to place more than a dozen teachers back into the classroom.

In May, those teachers didn't have a set school they would be working in this coming school year.

At the start of the summer, 56 teachers were without assignment. Of those, 40 have accepted new positions in the parish and 16 are still waiting to find out where they'll teach as of August 14th.

The school system is getting down to crunch time.

"We want to make sure that teachers are placed in schools that they are certified to teach in," says Assistant Superintendent Sandra Billeaudeau.

She says it has been a challenge to place displaced teachers into new jobs. "The ones with the most specified certifications and are more highly qualified in a particular area are harder to place."

Teachers were displaced because some schools were overstaffed and other schools were reconstituted. Billeaudeau acknowledges some teachers are frustrated it's taking awhile to place them.

In an anonymous e-mail to KATC, a teacher says he left the parish because of discipline issues, teacher morale and the school system dragging their feet to place him in a new job.

"I can also understand that it's about a livelihood and job to support their families and they can't wait on a maybe and I respect that," said Billeaudeau.

She says one of the reasons it's taking so long is because some teachers are only certified to teach a specific subject and may not be certified for an open position.

Billeaudeau is hoping all teachers will be placed before the school year starts.

Chris Welty



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