SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Due to the global fiscal crisis and unknown revenue streams, 144 teachers will be receiving non-renewal letters in the coming days after the school committee approved Superintendent Kristen Stringfellow's recommendation Tuesday night.
“Unfortunately, this year, I find myself sending out many more non-renewal letters than either anticipated or hoped, equating to 43 more teachers than were noticed last year. These letters are going to individuals who have served our district well for a very long time and who have never before been non-renewed. This action grows from uncertainty regarding the global fiscal crisis and unknown revenue streams,” Stringfellow said.
Stringfellow said that South Kingstown's numbers for non-renewal may seem higher than other districts because they may be facing different uncertainties than other Rhode Island school districts. These uncertainties include the funding formula, in which South Kingstown is one of 16 districts in the state whose state aid was reduced under the funding formula. Of those 16, only six were reduced as much as South Kingstown. Of those six, three are one-school districts and two are regional districts. Stringfellow said only Portsmouth is in a state aid reduction position comparable to South Kingstown and it closed a school last year, so it is not faced with that potential in the future.
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