Tag: Staffing

why can teachers and faculty make funny jokes about someone’s appearance or something similar but if students do it it’s considered bullying.

Written by on December 4, 2017 in Grapevine

A. Teachers should not make jokes about a student’s appearance.

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I was wondering if someone reviews and approves each teachers curriculum each year. Certain teachers have no method of teaching whatsoever and instead just handout labs and expect the students to understand the material with little to no background information.

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  Curriculum and instruction are reviewed by academic administrators, as well as building administrators. If you have a specific concern, please first speak with the teacher and then with the building administrator if  you are not satisfied with the outcome.

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How many applicants do you typically get for elementary SPED teachers? I heard from this lady that there is a severe shortage and they’re hiring unqualified people. Is this true?

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  All of our teacher positions are posted and applications are submitted through OLAS. We receive 25-30 applications for special education positions,  not all candidates meet our standards. There is a shortage of substitute teachers across the capital region and while we have many subs on the list with certification,  NYSED allows for hiring of […]

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Why don’t teachers and monitors get in trouble for swearing? Are they allowed to say whatever they want to students? Maybe they don’t know its unprofessional or maybe they don’t know how to act appropriately. Either way they should know how to act respectfully or be trained on how to act around students. (I don’t know if there is a rule against administration swearing at students but there should be)

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Grapevine

A. No staff members should be swearing around children. Swearing is a bad habit, once learned it is hard to stop. That is why it is better if you don’t start.

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Where can I find job descriptions for Shen employees? Is the job description on a job posting the official job description? Thank you.

Written by on November 17, 2017 in Grapevine

A.  Contact the HR office if you have a specific question/ interest in a job description.   The postings highlight some of the specific responsibilities of the position.

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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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