North Allegheny School District has one more administrator and the equivalent of almost three more teachers than in the 2012-13 school year.
The reason is an increase of 52 elementary students this term, and a school board goal to keep elementary class sizes lower than last year. Higher class sizes prompted parent complaints throughout the last term.
Board members received the annual human resources report at their meeting Wednesday.
The additional administrator is an assistant principal at McKnight Elementary School. McKnight and Marshall had been sharing an assistant principal for two years.
Superintendent Raymond Gualtieri said 60 new teachers were hired this year, most of them to replace teachers who took advantage of an early retirement incentive.
The district received 2,500 applications for those 60 positions. "At one point, [applications] were in crates, lined up in the hallway," he said.
Half of the 60 new teachers are on the tenure track; the rest are long-term substitutes. The district is allowed to replace tenured teachers with long-term substitutes -- at 70 percent of the pay -- for one year, which saves money, the superintendent said.
Board president Maureen Grosheider noted that 37 percent of the new teachers have master's degrees. "That is a really nice percentage," she said. "People who come to us with master's degrees tend to be more skilled in the classroom."
Sandy Trozzo, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org