Not all of Providence Creek Academy's teachers were offered contract renwals when the Board of Directors approved personnel for the 2008-09 school year.


The Providence Creek Academy Board of Directors held a brief meeting to vote on teacher contracts after a 2 1/2-hour executive session on May 20.

The board approved the administration’s recommendation regarding personnel for the 2008-09 academic year, but would not disclose how many contracts were not renewed.

Contract renewals are offered each May based on the administration’s recommendation and the board’s approval.

When the vote came before the board, member Dennis Ballard hesitated before approving the recommendation.

Board President Joan Messick asked all those in favor to say “aye,” but did not ask for those in opposition to say “nay.” Ballard said nothing and was prompted for his vote; he eventually said "aye" but said after the meeting that he wanted more information.

“I wanted to make sure we were doing the right thing because it’s a very important decision, as you can imagine in these times,” Ballard said. “In the end, I trusted the administration because they’re there every day.”

Despite likely state budget cuts, Messick said the school would not reduce its number of staff members in the upcoming academic year.

Replacements will be hired for any contract not renewed, said Managing Director Chuck Taylor said.

“We will have the same number of staff members,” said Principal Audrey Erschen.

Although the school is not hiring any new staff members right now, “if a position comes open, it will be filled,” said Erschen said.