Friday Update for the Week of October 12 - 16
→ On Tuesday, October 13, the LCS School Board voted on and approved a $4 million bonus package for teacher raises. Coupled with the $5.3 million received from the State, the total is a 9 million dollar raise for full-time teachers. This raise also includes everyone in the LCTA bargaining unit such as guidance counselors, media specialists, school psychologists and other full-time resource teachers.
- Every teacher and member of the bargaining unit will receive between $3,000 and $5,700 depending on years of experience and based upon a 7.5 hour day.
- Beginning teacher pay will increase from $37,548 to $43,304.
→ Also approved was the additional Teacher Planning Day of November 2 to help prepare for the 2nd nine weeks. The two Teacher Planning Days are Friday, October 30 and Monday, November 2, which are ‘no school days’ for students. Please refer to the updated District calendar at www.leonschools.net for clarification on the 2020-2021 school year.
→ On Thursday, October 15, LCS began the initial phase of disbursing Chromebooks at Woodville K-8 School. Two more schools in the pilot program-Cobb Middle School and Desoto Trail Elementary School-will receive their Chromebooks next week. More details to come on further roll out of the Chromebooks and returning desktops to schools.
→ Starting next Monday, October 19, R. Frank Nims and Augusta Raa Middle Schools will join Fairview Middle School as a One Stop Meal Pick-Up site. Meals (breakfast and lunch) will be served curbside Monday - Friday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. A parent or student may pick up meals for all students, even if they attend different schools. The meals are for any child 18 years-of-age and under. For more information, visit www.leonschools.net/domain/194.
We will continue to recognize and celebrate our Principals and Assistant Principals for National Principals Month, raise awareness for breast cancer, and celebrate the many employees who have helped our district shine during these first nine weeks of an unprecedented school year.
Update for Monday, October 10
There are 3,370 students returning to In-Person and 37 switching to the Digital Academy for the 2nd 9 weeks. There will be 55% receiving In-Person instruction, and 45% in our Digital Academies.
Seventy students, which is only 1/3 of 1% of our total student population, have tested positive for COVID-19. None of the students who quarantined as a result of a positive classmate has tested positive.
The Chromebooks will begin arriving this week. More information on a pilot program at three of our schools will be announced later this week, along with a tentative timeline of when all schools and students will receive Chromebooks.
An exciting announcement for our teachers will be shared at tomorrow night’s School Board meeting.
November 2nd will be an additional Teacher Planning Day, in addition to October 30, if approved by the School Board at tomorrow night’s meeting.
The School Board meeting is tomorrow / Tuesday night (October 11) at 6 p.m. and can be accessed on our Facebook page or on our YouTube channel.