This morning, eight Oakland schools opened with fewer teachers than they had on Friday — and not because of sudden resignations.
There’s a word for the teacher and student reshuffling that happened today: consolidation. It happens when fewer kids enroll at a given school than expected and the school’s budget is in the red. Troy Flint, the district spokesman, said the decision is made centrally, and is done “as a last resort.”
In all, 11 employees were told to pack up their classrooms, and all of their students were sent to other teachers. Last year at this time, five teachers were consolidated. Nine of the displaced teachers were (or will be, according to the teacher contract) given jobs elsewhere in the district; since there weren’t enough jobs for everyone, two teachers working on temporary contracts were placed in the “reserve pool,” according to HR staff.
Reach Academy, a small elementary school on the old Cox campus in East Oakland, was hit the hardest. The school lost three of its teachers.
“It’s not a good thing,” said Elizabeth Ortega, the school clerk. “Thursday, the notice was given out, and Monday the change was made.”
Here is the list of schools, and the number of teachers taken away from each one:
Garfield Elementary School -1
Manzanita Community School (elementary) -1
Brookfield Elementary School -1
Reach Academy (elementary)-3
Lakeview Elementary School -1
Hoover Elementary School -1
Claremont Middle School – 2
Explore Middle School – 1