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Tahoe Truckee schools to hire teacher aides to assist elementary campuses

Kyle Magin
Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Extra help is on the way to local schools just weeks after parents and classroom volunteers pleaded for assistance at Tahoe Lake Elementary.

Last Wednesday the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Board of Trustees approved the hiring of the equivalent of 4.875 full-time positions of enhancement paraprofessionals, or teacherand#8217;s aides. The hires carry a total estimated cost of about $180,000.

The approval comes after some classroom volunteers at Tahoe Lake Elementary earlier this month said the school was understaffed and children and#8212; especially English language learners and#8212; werenand#8217;t getting the support they needed.

David Inns, district assistant superintendent of human resources, said the district is currently advertising for the positions and hopes to have them hired quickly. In a job description for the position, bilingual candidates are given preferential treatment.

He said he didnand#8217;t yet know exactly how many people would be hired under the plan as sites may split the full-time position as needed.

At a Monday meeting, the board also accepted site plans for each elementary school. The plans, developed at each of the districtand#8217;s five elementary campuses, lay out the educational goals for each school site.

Dave Curry, district curriculum director, said the plans reflect each siteand#8217;s focus on the districtand#8217;s professional learning community educational model, which was implemented last year.

Copies of the site plans are available at the TTUSDand#8217;s website at http://www.ttusd.org.