After hiring five new teachers at the beginning of this school year, the Sharyland Independent School District Board of Trustees approved employment of an additional full-time teacher and two full-time teacher aides at Tuesday’s board meeting.
Harry Shimotsu Elementary will gain one kindergarten teacher, which distributes the students between four teachers. The student to teacher ratio was about 25-to-1. Texas law says that the student to teacher ratio cannot be more than 22-to-1 in grades kinder through second, unless a waiver is requested and approved. Interim Superintendent Filomena Leo said the ratio should be about 19-to-1 with the additional teacher.
One of the newly hired teacher aides will be placed at Donna Wernecke Elementary, the other at Olivero Garza Sr. Elementary, and both will work in special education. All three staff members start in the spring semester. The additional units cost the district $60,000 for salary and benefits for the teacher and $52,000 for each paraprofessional.