DEAR BLABBY: Why is it that every school in New Rochelle has a full time, highly paid technology facilitator specialist except New Rochelle High School? I have inquired with the district several times but cannot get any response. Any suggestions?
Confused in New Rochelle
DEAR CONFUSED: It only seems like every school in New Rochelle has a full time, highly paid technology facilitator specialist.
Columbus, Trinity, Jefferson and Ward have full-time technology facilitators. Each of them have special "technology" related magnet school or magnet overlay themes; technology instruction to students is a major part of their curriculum. Barnard, Davis and Webster have part-time technology facilitators. The technology facilitator position at the high school was eliminated in the 2011-12 budget approved in May 2011.
As far as technology facilitators being "highly paid," they are paid on the same salary schedule as any other teacher covered under the F.U.S.E.
The annual budget process is underway. You can get a copy of the budget here. If you have questions, there is a community discussion period during each board of education meeting.
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