Despite all the angst that had occurred about it, Arlington school officials say they are almost done ensuring that every existing staff member has a job come the fall.
At one point several months ago, school leaders had counted 193 existing employees as “surplus” – with no place to go despite the fact the school system was growing. It was a pronouncement that caused ripples of concern, understandably, among those whose jobs were on the list.
Superintendent Patrick Murphy on June 6 said the “surplus” roster was now down to just three classroom assistants, and said he expected them to have positions shortly. “We’ve got a little bit of time left,” Murphy said.
School officials already are in hiring mode, gearing up for the additional staff needed to accommodate student growth at the start of the 2019-20 school year.