This is due to the fact that our school was seriously underfunded in the initial budget and when the SPS budget was revised, after much work by a small group of principals, we were found to be 3.0 FTE underfunded. After many deliberations at the district level it was decided that we would be allotted 2.0 FTE instead of 3.0 FTE. One of those full-time positions resulted in a second fifth grade classroom, the other was to be used for our Tier Two reading and math support, now funded by our PTSA. When our numbers dropped from an assigned 457 students with a wait list at every grade in May, to 429 students on October 1st, we were caught in the reduction of staffing. I have been notified that we are losing the second position (1.0 FTE) we were allocated in August but will retain the first 1.0 FTE, which is our new fifth grade classroom.
I hurt for those schools undergoing the very painful process, several weeks into the school year, of consolidating classrooms and losing staff.
I hope this has served to clarify how this has impacted QAE and given you a glimpse of the fragile budget situation our district and our schools are in due to the continued underfunding from our state legislature. If not for you, our generous PTSA, we would have classroom teachers and virtually nothing else, as our discretionary dollars do not even provide adequate supplies for a school year. This is a partnership both of choice and necessity. Thank you so very much for that incredible support.