Mammoth High School will lose several long-standing teachers after this semester. Jim Barnes, the independent study teacher, Deidre Buchholz, a longtime math teacher, Ross McGlothlin, an economics teacher, and Kevin Worden, a drama teacher, will not be coming back to the high school in the fall. Another longtime teacher, special resources teacher Jennifer Wilson, left the school earlier this year and will also not return.
“It is always a challenge when you lose great teachers,” said the district’s superintendent Rich Boccia.
“It will be impossible to fill the shoes of Barnes and Buchholz. We will begin advertising for these positions early next week.”
Boccia said the positions left behind by McGlothlin and Wilson “will be absorbed under the current staffing ratio.”
Wilson left for another life in Texas in late winter and McGlothlin, who has been teaching overseas for three years, recently notified the school he would not be returning.
Buchholz, out on maternity leave, also recently announced she would not return and Barnes is moving on to go to nursing school.
Kevin Worden, the longtime theatre teacher who has been under probation for an incident earlier this semester where he allowed a student to take home a prop gun to clean, was placed on administrative leave for the rest of the year. He is not expected to come back after a final hearing this week, despite a letter-writing campaign by his many community and student supporters.
Boccia said personnel confidentiality rules did not allow him to comment on Worden’s case, except to say, “The visual and performing arts continue to be a priority in our schools and we will work within the current budget constraints to continue to offer programming.”