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Waco ISD Shows High Teacher Turnover in 2012-2013 School Year


Waco ISD released their report on teacher turnover rate for the past school year.

According to the Teacher Separation Report Summary, 26.9 percent of teachers didn't return to class this year. The majority of the campuses had a 20 percent or higher turnover rate. Indian Spring Middle School had the highest at 52 percent. The district says several factors came into play.

Waco ISD closed down eight campuses last year. School officials say that may contribute to the high turnover.

"This was the first year of consolidation of the 2012-2013 school year, so for a lot of employees there was a change there," said Elaine Botello, Executive Director of HR. "There was a change in leadership and there was a change in location."

Botello says last year was the highest turnover rate the district has seen.

"It's a concern for the entire district," Botello said. "Especially for the leadership team and the board."

Accountability also played a role. The district says it has higher expectations and Superintendent Dr. Bonny Cain is holding staff more accountable. This isn't just here, but teachers all over are being held to higher standards.

Another reason for turnover is first year teachers in the district are leaving.

"It's not uncommon to see that, but we know that we need to get more support to those teachers," said Botello.

A mentorship program called Waco ISD Succeed launched this year to help first year teachers. Patrick Uptmore of Professional Development helped create the program.

"We went to a formula of face to face and also providing some online opportunities of discussion trying to build a meaningful relationship between mentor's and mentee's."

The goal is to build first year teachers' confidence and make sure they have a good understanding of the district. The hope is to keep them with the school longer.

"In the 5th year you turn over some of your greatest teachers," Uptmore said. "If they have more support and you're willing to keep them, it's just great for the kids, the district and everybody.

Waco ISD Succeed is off to a great start so far. The district expects the program to be successful, and they believe next year's turnover rate will not be as high.






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