Tag: Staffing

Why does our Superintendent receive a one year extension on his four year contract every year? Shouldn’t every position in the district face an end of contract evaluation?

Written by on June 13, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Education law limits the superintendents contracts in the state of New York to a maximum of five (5) years at any given point. The Shenendehowa superintendent has had a five year renewable contract, meaning it is reviewed and approved annually by the Board of Education, for at least the last 10 years. 

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Why do elementary classroom aides have to actually work on the half-days when special education aides can do nothing and be paid?

Written by on June 13, 2017 in Grapevine

A. All employees are expected to work.  If you have a concern speak to your building administrator.

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To put a complaint in about a gym teacher in HSE, who do i contact?

Written by on June 12, 2017 in Grapevine

A. The principal or athletic director.

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Why is it that the 9th grade PE teachers have chromebooks? Why aren’t they instead given to teachers? I know that teachers have to apply for them and they’re not just given to them, but this doesn’t make sense to me.

Written by on May 24, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  PE teachers are teachers within Shenendehowa.  These teachers use the Chromebooks for assessments, recording student data such as heart rates, and to watch instructional videos demonstrating key concepts.  All high school teachers are encouraged to apply for Chromebooks to support student learning.

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Do existing Shenendehowa employees need to submit applications through OLAS or is that method for external candidates? Thank you.

Written by on May 1, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  Yes, all applications must go through OLAS.    

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What workshops or prevention meetings about bullying do Shen teachers go through?

Written by on March 8, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  We offer various professional development opportunities for staff through Superintendent’s conference day and other venues.  In addition, staff must do a policy review training which incorporates Dignity for all Students information annually.

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Are teachers allowed to swear? One of my teachers swears a lot.

Written by on March 7, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  The use of inappropriate language is not acceptable. Speak to your building principal, if you have a concern.

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Is it possible to petition to fire a teacher?

Written by on March 7, 2017 in Grapevine

A. No.  If you have a concern about a teacher’s behavior in the classroom,  report it to the principal.

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My child told me that his geometry teacher went to Disney during school and not during a vacation. Does the school allow her to do this?

Written by on February 3, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  All employees are expected to be in attendance when school is in session.   

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Will Shen consider hiring teaching assistants?

Written by on November 2, 2016 in Grapevine

A.  No…at least not in the immediate future.

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