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TUSD adds school improvements at Booth-Fickett Magnet School to address employee and parent concerns

Posted at 5:16 PM, Nov 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-28 19:17:09-05

Parents and employees at Booth-Fickett Math/Science Magnet School on the east side are voicing their concerns about students' negative behavior and learning progress. 

In response to alleviate those concerns, TUSD is stepping in to help improve the school's culture, academics, and discipline.

Superintendent Dr. Gabriel Trujillo says the district recently added three school monitors, a behavioral monitor to help with student support, a social worker, and three substitute teachers. 

"Because of the staffing shortage and not having subs in place daily, the intervention team members that are really on the ground that are supposed to be working with kids, are subbing," he said.

Trujillo says he also asked the school to establish a leadership team to make recommendations for the school and put together a task force to address community and parent concerns. 

The school has about 950 students and trying to fill about six teacher vacancies. 

Trujillo says he would support incentives to get more full-time teachers. 

He says he doesn't plan for these improvements to solve all the problems but will put the school in the right direction for success. 

Trujillo says they will follow up with their support measures in a week and a half.