In a unanimous decision, the Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees voted Tuesday to hire three new library technicians for the district.
The decision will mean more library time for elementary school children throughout the City of Turlock.
The positions previously existed, but were eliminated due to funding shortages. With new money available thanks to Prop 30, Jason Maggard, Director of Human Resources at TUSD approached the Board of Trustees to request the restoration of library tech positions at K-6 sites.
“We are now coming back to request that we restore the library tech positions fully to better serve our staff and students,” said Maggard.
The move will also extend the workday of existing library technicians from from six-hour to eight-hour shifts.
The longer hours and three new library technicians will lead to consistent availability of library hours for both students and staff at all TUSD elementary sites. Although the cost will be approximately $48,000, TUSD Chief Financial Officer Lori Decker said that the district would still have a financial surplus this year, even after the cost of adding the new positions.
“Hopefully there are library technicians out there who are looking to be re-employed,” said Decker.
TUSD library technicians rotate between the nine elementary schools within the District. The three new employees will ensure that there is one 8-hour library technician at each site every school day.
“Unfortunately we had to get out of the routine of using library services because the library technicians weren’t available,” said Trustee Frank Lima. “I think this is wonderful.”
TUSD personnel will be posting the job listings soon. Listings can be found at www.edjoin.org
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