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Teachers want more say at NU

Nevada Joint Union High School District teachers have to put up with too many top-down decisions, teachers’ representatives said Thursday.

“Everything is not OK,” Bear River High School teacher Bill Madigan told NJUHSD trustees – who were silent during the presentation – and school administrators gathered in Nevada Union High School’s cafeteria.

Teachers suffer from lack of respect and support from district administrators and trustees, and lack of communication between teachers, parents and school administrators, representatives for the Nevada Union High School Teachers Association said. Decisions are made without the input of teachers, they told the audience of more than 80.

Teachers are never asked for any input before decisions are made, Linda Miller, head of the association said.

“I don’t think I have ever seen morale at a lower level than it is right now,” said Miller, chairwoman of NU’s physical education department.

Miller also questioned the high number of administrative changes at NU, saying a strong administrative team has been destroyed.

NU Principal Marilynn Keeble will become principal and director at Sierra Foothill High School next school year, district officials recently decided.

In addition, Assistant Principal Trisha Dellis will transfer to Bear River High School, and Assistant Principal Duane Triplett is slated to become principal at Silver Springs High School, an alternative school on McCourtney Road.

Cathy Peterson, counseling department chairwoman at NU, and Bruce Kinseth, chairman of the NU science department, were recently named to replace Dellis and Triplett.

Teachers should be included in the selection of NU’s next principal, Miller said.

Before the meeting, district officials distributed a memorandum that answered questions raised earlier by union representatives. The questions concerned the future of the programs at Sierra Foothill, curriculum, administrative changes, the increased workload for teachers, and other issues.

Math teacher Brian Harter questioned the comparative evaluation of salaries at the district, saying the superintendent, who is paid $127,000 a year, had earned a higher salary increase than indicated on the worksheet.

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