Oconomowoc Schools consider unique staffing plan
OCONOMOWOC - The Oconomowoc School District is considering an interesting plan to staff its high school.
The district is considering laying off about 20 percent of the high school staff. The remaining staff would be expected to pick up the extra work. They would have to teach more classes. But the district would give them a 14-thousand dollar yearly stipend to do it.
Right now teachers spend three quarters of their day teaching and one quarter planning. Under the new plan, the teacher would teach classes during that quarter currently dedicated to planning.
Some opponents have suggested the extra work could lead to teacher burnout. Superintendent Pat Neudecker disagrees. "This is really a vote of confidence in our teachers," Neudecker told Newsradio 620 WTMJ. "What we'd like to do is find ways to raise up the profession of teaching and actually compensate them more."
The district would also save $500,000 through the change. And Nuedecker points out that the district wouldn't cut any programs or increase any class sizes.
The $14,000 is a stipend. Nuedecker says that's because not all staff would be expected to pick up the extra work. But teachers who do would get the extra money.