By Jessica Borders
Times West Virginian
A group of Marion County teachers passionately expressed the need for their current positions and programs to the board of education Monday night.
The board met for nearly four hours for transfer hearings to realign the workforce of Marion County Schools.
For the upcoming school year, 29 professional personnel and 51 service personnel received transfer notices from the administration due to realignment for a variety of reasons, said attorney Steve Brooks, with Flaherty Sensabaugh Bonasso PLLC, who was representing the board of education. One service personnel and five professional personnel requested hearings on their transfers.
Before the hearings, Superintendent of Schools Gary Price explained that if the workforce needs to be realigned, the board of education looks at the positions that are needed and the positions that exist. Sometimes certain positions that are no longer needed are eliminated, either because of a change in enrollment, class sizes, programs or other reasons.
Employees who have the seniority and certification often have the opportunity to take another position within the same school or at another school, replacing a less senior teacher. Transfer hearings are for people who have enough seniority and certification to maintain their employment with the board of education, but the superintendent has recommended that they take a different position for next school year, Price said.
All the hearings Monday night were open to the public at the request of each employee. The individuals should still have a job in the county based on their certification and seniority.