By Racheal Farkas, courtesy of Pittsburgh Tribune
Library supporters packed Shaler Area School Board's meeting to speak out against a recent reorganizations of the district's school librarians and library aides.
More than 50 people overflowed from the board's conference room earlier this month into a reception area outside, and about 10 of them spoke during the meeting.
“I know that all of you care about education, but we can't have a strong school district without information and media centers that are staffed by devoted, caring, enthusiastic information professionals,” said Ingrid Kalchthaler, a 1989 Shaler Area graduate and librarian at Shaler North Hills Library. “All that means is school libraries matter, and school librarians matter even more.”
Shaler Area Superintendent Wes Shipley said there was a realignment of aides to accommodate two special-needs students with individualized education plans who need full-time assistance. The district is required by law to accommodate a student's IEP, he said, which leaves the district with few options within the budget.