We regret to inform the Riverwalk Academy community that we must implement a reduction in force (RIF) because of lower than anticipated enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year. As background, Riverwalk Academy’s funding is primarily based on its student enrollment. Riverwalk Academy’s enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year is 511 students, which is 167 students less than anticipated. Due to this lower than anticipated enrollment, Riverwalk Academy has a budget shortfall of approximately $1,700,000.00. As a result, Riverwalk Academy must implement a RIF, in which some positions at the school will be eliminated. Our primary goal in implementing the RIF is to protect the students in our classrooms and the school’s academic program. The administration and Board have taken the following considerations into account in deciding which positions to eliminate: direct student impact, certification status, principal or supervisor’s recommendation, length of service at the school and other factors as appropriate. Employees whose positions are eliminated will be notified that they will be considered for reemployment before their positions are filled in the future. Following the RIF, we expect Riverwalk Academy’s staff size to be almost identical to the 2016-2017 school year.
Additionally, we want to make the community aware that Riverwalk Academy’s Principal, Ms. Cora Stepp, proposed including herself in the RIF, and the Board accepted Ms. Stepp’s proposal to do so. We are thankful for Ms. Stepp’s service to Riverwalk Academy and we wish her well personally and professionally in her future endeavors.
In the near future, staff and parents will be given additional information about the RIF plan to ensure that students experience a nurturing incorporation into their Project Based Learning grade communities. This concerted effort will be implemented to maintain positive experiences and treasure valuable teaching and learning time. The unique Project Based Learning style allows our learners to know all grade level teachers well and thus maintains a sense of community and belonging for our children.