A recent posting detailed the staffing shortages at Dallas ISD campuses with two weeks to opening bell. With just a few days before it leaves the starting gate, how much progress has the district made in filling those vacancies? Let’s see! As of August 3, there were 335 teacher postings. That’s
down to 334 as of August 17 UP to 341 as of August 22! Teacher assistants stood at 116, now down to 110 UP TO 121!. Given Dallas ISD’s perennial difficulties with counting anything from money to portables to square footage, we don’t really know if they have actually filled 7 positions or they just miscounted originally, but we will give them the benefit of the doubt and say progress has been made. Not much progress, but at least we’re moving in the right direction.
Thirteen Campus Leadership openings have been reduced to only 7, definitely progress. Many of you parents and staff will be, no doubt, chagrined to find your favorite Assistant/Associate Principal has been tapped to fill a Principal vacancy, but as Saraswati noted in the Diminishing Returns post, upward mobility is the goal here. Congratulations to those new principals, but please stay around for the late show! Of course churn and shuffling leaves new AP positions open, 5 of them now, rather than the 4 listed previously.
The district career website now lists only three Principal vacancies, while two weeks ago there were nine! So, definite progress! What, you want to know if your school is one of the three missing a principal? Surprise, the district no longer identifies the campuses recruiting principals, as it did before. Now why would that be? Is too much information a bad thing? Are parents asking too many questions? Or maybe the new principals haven’t actually been assigned to buildings yet and the district is still sorting them out. Gosh, there were nine empty chairs, let’s make sure we have the right person in each one! Let us know in a comment here, does your campus have its leadership in place? After school starts please come back and tell us how many substitutes are in place, or if your campus is missing both permanent staff AND subs!