School employee departures accelerate

Nina Marks

Nina Marks

David Adlerstein
Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 12:22 PM.

 

As the Franklin County School District weigh options for finding $600,000 in savings, just to break even, several employees have announced their decisions to either retire or quit voluntarily.

Third grade teacher Paula Dykes and middle school math teacher Paul Marxsen both announced their departures, Jan. 14 and 22, respectively.

In addition, among several other voluntary retirements within both teaching and non-teaching ranks, the district has ended its use of a tutor with the Virtual School online language courses, and terminated a teacher who had been removed from the classroom in May 2012 for an incident in which he had dealt with a student in an aggressive and physical manner.

Dykes, who was in the state’s delayed retirement program after a long career teaching here, decided to leave before completing her last year in the program. Her students were reassigned to the remaining third grade teachers: Pam Schaffer, Marvin Boyd, Jeannie Ford and Cathy Creamer.

Marxsen, a certified public accountant, resigned to return to his CPA practice in Carrabelle. He had been teaching algebra and math remediation courses. These have been picked up by Kassi Malcolm, who teaches eight grade algebra, and math coach Dale Millender, with the remediation classes reabsorbed into other classes.

The change in the middle school math department follows the resignation at year’s end of Melonie Inzetta, who returned to a teaching position with the Florida Department of Corrections. Her sixth and seventh grade math classes have been picked up by Mike Emerson, who teaches ESE inclusion by working with special ed students in addition to their regular classroom teachers.



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