“If a teacher is having a baby and requests a leave of absence, then a temporary teacher is hired for that time,” Freemon said. “Or when there is a categorical program, like the drug education program at Crescenta Valley High School [which is paid for by a grant]. Then the teacher knows they are there as long as the grant lasts. But at the start of this school year, there were 280 teachers on temporary status. There can’t be that many teachers having babies [or grant programs].”
He added that teachers with temporary status are in a constant holding pattern waiting to see if they will be let go and they do not have access to “due process.”
At press time, Freemon was receiving reports that many temporary teachers throughout the district were transferred from temporary to probationary, the next step to permanent status.
“We are just hearing about this and don’t yet have the numbers, but it is interesting that it is happening now, just before our summit,” he said adding the summit will go on despite the apparent change in many teachers’ status.
“Our teachers will share their stories and let people know what happens in real life,” he said.
The summit will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 5 at Sparr Heights Community Center, 1613 Glencoe Way. It is open to the public and dinner will be provided by GTA and catered by Frank’s Famous Kitchen and Bakery. Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP with GTA Organizing Chair Alicia Harris, (818) 237-6223.
Seminar for CV parents planned
In the first in a series for parents sponsored by Crescenta Valley High School, licensed clinical social worker Paul Royer, a CV resident, will share information on how parents can form relationships with teenage children that minimizes conflict. He will address how parents can prepare themselves to respond to an unexpected alcohol or drug issue.
The seminar will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 5 in the CVHS library.
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