Efforts by the Arlington school system to get a better grip on why employees leave their jobs are not moving as fast as at least one School Board member expected.
“We continue to work on that – it’s something that we are gearing up to do,” Superintendent Patrick Murphy said on May 9 of plans to develop more extensive interviews with educators and other staff upon leaving employment.
When might some information be forthcoming, asked School Board member Nancy Van Doren, who has pressed to find the reasons people are leaving their jobs.
“It’s a work in progress. My hope is that we are going to be able to have something to you perhaps over the summer,” Murphy responded.
School Board members on May 9 formally approved a new batch of 22 resignations (as opposed to retirements). Erin Wales-Smith, the school system’s interim assistant superintendent for human resources, said many of those departures are for what might broadly be termed personal reasons – from moving out of the area to a life event like having a baby.
Murphy said that there has been “a low response rate” on surveys asking for the reasons employees are leaving, so new approaches will be attempted.
“Before people leave, we’re trying to solicit that information,” the superintendent said. “We’re trying to make connections with folks, to do that on an individual basis. We continue to look at different strategies.”
Van Doren suggested the school system needed to get more facts on why staffers depart before the beginning of the next budget cycle.
Right now, she said, “we have a dearth of information.”