School News & Announcements
A Message from the Principal
Earlier this week, you received a letter from me about changes coming to Llewellyn next year. Not knowing the future can be stressful and concerning and I’d like to share with you what I know at this point about next year at our school. Portland Public Schools staffs each school according to projected enrollment numbers for Fall. Llewellyn’s numbers for Fall 2015 are significantly lower than the student population this school year. Unfortunately, this will mean a reduction in our teaching staff for the 2015-2016 school year. Our Llewellyn Foundation has offered 45,000 dollars to help retain faculty and I have worked to minimize our losses as much as possible. Our music staff is supported by the city Arts Tax and those funds cannot be reassigned. Likewise, state mandates for Physical Education make our PE teacher essential. Counselors are also required, and they are crucial to the life of Llewellyn. All that being said, the only place I can make the necessary staff cuts is in direct classroom teachers. With great sorrow, I have to let you know that we will be losing three full time teachers.
What will that look like next year? Losing three teachers will translate to changes in our primary classroom structure. This year we were able to open four sections of Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade. Next year, three of these grades will be reduced to three sections. We won't know right away which of our teachers will be impacted, but any impacted teacher will have the ability to seek other teaching jobs in the district. Needless to say, I will continue to do everything possible to fight for our dedicated staff and wonderful children. I ask for your continued support and good wishes for all of the tremendous people who work in this community. This will be a time of transition and our ability to work together and encourage each other will be our greatest gift and strength. Please know that I remain, as always, available to each of you and will answer any questions and concerns that I can.