Big Spring Interim Superintendent Addresses Concerns Over Curriculum Specialists 10/10/13
October 10th, 2013
Interim Superintendent Chris Wigington says it all boils down to classroom size.
He says the Curriculum Specialists were needed in order to shrink the classrooms to TEA standards. Some say that creates more issues, as these specialists are designed to boost performances.
"We've been looking for teachers the whole year," said Wigington.
Wigington doesn't sugar coat the issue. Big Spring ISD, like many other districts in the area, is having trouble finding teachers in the oil boom.
In todayís school board meeting he told onlookers that he moved six Curriculum Specialist into classrooms to fill teacher gaps and lower classroom size.
"They're helping us where we need help right now. We need teachers in the classroom," he said.
Wigington says that nine classes we over the allotted classroom size of 22 students and they're all at Washington Elementary. However, he says if the Curriculum Specialists weren't moved into the classroom, the number would have been close to 29 classrooms.
"I understand the importance of classroom size, but I also understand the over arching importance of doing all the things necessary," said Namiqa Shipman, the founder of Big Spring Citizens For Excellence In Education.
She says the solution was not sufficient, as she feels it creates more problems in a district that's failing.
"I feel like in some ways that it's just putting a band aid on one problem, while creating another one"
Wiginton says having the specialists in the classroom will actually boost student performance because they are experienced.
"They are our master teachers and we're still using those folks to model for our other teachers," he said.
Wiginton says they continue to look for teachers and says he will move the Curriculm Specialists back to their original positions as soon as possible. Now, itís just a matter of filling extra positions.