The library staffs at the North Platte elementary and middle schools are being reorganized this summer.The moves are in accordance with the school district’s needs to confront a $1 million shortfall compared to a year ago.
North Platte Associate Superintendent Tami Eshleman said some positions became vacant because of resignations and transfer requests, but she did not specify how many. She said one of the positions could not be filled.
Eshleman said it was decided to reorganize the library staff.
When asked if some librarian contracts were not renewed due to a “reduction in force” (RIF), she did not respond.
Eshleman said the changes will occur over the summer.
Christie Copper, the outgoing president of the teacher’s union, the North Platte Education Association, said some of the librarians have taken teaching jobs elsewhere in the school district.
Copper said her understanding is that there will be one librarian overseeing the elementary schools, one overseeing the middle schools, and one overseeing the high school.
The rest of the work will be done by para-professionals, Copper said.
She said the former librarians are represented by the union, but they did not choose to appeal the administrative decisions.
Eshleman said the district's director of elementary teaching and learning, Denise DiGiovanni, will oversee the changes at the elementary schools. Her counterpart at the secondary schools -- Vikki Carlson, will work with changing the middle school program.
Eshleman said the schools will meet state accreditation standards (Rule 10), which require at least a half-time “library media paraprofessional… under the supervision of a certificated staff member.”
Rule 10 also requires all library books to be properly cataloged, marked and shelved according to a standard classification system. And, each library must add 25-150 new books each year. Middle schools must also subscribe to 10 periodicals each year, according to Rule 10.