The following was among items discussed at Monday's meeting of the Montgomery County Board of Education. For more information, call 279-3617.
AFFIRMATIVE ACTION -- The school system fell short of its goal of recruiting 19 percent of its teachers from minority groups during the school year that recently ended, according to an affirmative action report delivered to the board. Only 13.7 percent, or 89 of the 647 teachers hired in the 1989-1990 school year, were minorities.
In issuing the report to the board, Superintendent Harry Pitt said that while recruiting efforts in the past few years have not yielded a sufficient number of minority teachers to satisfy affirmative action goals, progress is being made in hiring minorities for administrative positions. About 40 percent of the 48 administrative and supervisory positions filled during the past school year went to minorities -- twice the goal set by the school system.
School spokesman Brian Porter said that school officials believe they were not aggressive enough in their teacher recruiting efforts last year, but are pleased with much improved minority hiring figures for the coming school year. Porter said that of 136 teachers hired so far for the 1990-1991 school year, 50 percent, or 68 teachers, are from minority groups. The school system will hire a total of 358 to 362 teachers for the coming school year, and if at least four of them are minorities, 20 percent of the newly-hired teachers would be minorities -- exceeding the 19 percent goal.
The school system had a total of 6,562 teachers -- 811, or 12.4 percent, minorities -- in the school year that recently ended.