Five Retirements At Bishop School District

The Bishop School District Superintendent and four teachers will retire at the end of this school year. That development did take some pressure off of teacher lay-offs. Even so, 6 teachers did receive preliminary lay-off notice.maggie_kingsbury_not_happy.jpg

Superintendent Maggie Kingsbury confirmed that she will retire in December. She did not offer any other details. She did confirm what had been publicly announced – the retirement of four Bishop High teachers.

Kingsbury's husband, Bruce, will retire from his position of social studies teacher at Palisade Glacier School. Long-time math teacher Jim Rowbottom will retire. He told us he started teaching 47 years ago. He hopes to continue with instruction at the college.

Also retiring – Special Education teacher at Bishop High, Penney Haynie and woodshop teacher, George Kinney.

Kingsbury said that the 6 pink slips that went out to teachers could change. She believes the May 19th election will impact schools' budgets. Proposition 1A speaks of a rainy day fund and 1B specifically addresses funding to schools. 1C would allow borrowing against lottery futures.

Kingsbury said that whether the measures pass or not, the State will re-do budget figures. If the measures fail, more cuts are likely. The Superintendent said that all of this uncertainty hurts teacher morale.

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