Preparing, Training and Recruiting High-Quality Teachers and Principals and Class Size Reduction
The purpose of this part is to increase student academic achievement through strategies such as improving teacher and principal quality and increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in the classroom and highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools.
Preparing and Training
As funds are available, professional development activities are supported in cooperation with state and local funding to positively impact the areas identified through the comprehensive needs assessment.
The Blount County School District actively recruits highly qualified personnel by attending job fairs at colleges and universities. A listing of highly qualified applicants from the job fairs with contact information is then provided to principals. All potential applicants are carefully screened for Highly Qualified requirements.
Current personnel are assigned to teaching positions based on highly qualified status as identified by state and federal requirements. Assistance is provided for core subject area personnel not meeting highly qualified status to become highly qualified by the dates mandated by NCLB.
Blount County Title I Schools' goal for teachers is 100%. Highly qualified teacher shortages exist in Alabama in the areas of math, science and foreign language. Federal funds will continue to be made available to existing teachers who are considered not highly qualified to become highly qualified in their core academic subjects. Priority will be given to Title I school personnel. Personnel and schedule adjustments will be made where appropriate to continue to strive to meet the 100% goal. All new personnel hired will meet the qualifications stated in Section 1119, if possible. All efforts will be made to employ Highly Qualified personnel through recruiting, contacting other school systems and universities, reviewing applications on file, etc.
100% of Title I schools' paraprofessionals have met the highly qualified requirements.
Class Size Reduction
Teacher units are allocated to schools based on formula and greatest need after all State Foundation units have been alallocated to targeted schools.