Published on October 13, 2022 at 2:45 p.m.
The Highton Area School District is planning a study of its staffing and enrollment trends over the past five years to help it make future decisions about school programming.
According to discussion at Monday night’s workshop meeting, the board will vote Oct. 24 to authorize its superintendent, Dr. Christina Fish, to complete the study.
The study will allow the district administration to “determine the district’s minimum professional staffing needs for the 2023-2024 school year and make recommendations to the board by February based on considerations outlined in the code of public schools, regarding whether professional or temporary professional employee positions should be maintained, added, reduced or eliminated during the 2022-23 school year,” according to a document attached to the order of the Monday day.
Fish told the board Monday that the study will help the district budget for the future, determine where Lehighton’s resources are currently being distributed, and decide where it might need to redistribute or add staff to the districts. years to come to complete the programming it already offers.
“The study we did looks at all of our base classes and the student enrollments in those classes,” Fish said. “We want to know how many students were in these classes five years ago compared to now. We have launched the Career Pathways model in terms of the program and it will help us make decisions about what additional information we need.
Fish said the study results will be presented at Lehighton’s board meeting in January.