New Castle News

January 16, 2014

Union French classes to continue on computer

New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — French classes will continue at Union High School, but they will be cyber classes.

Dr. Alfonso Angelucci, district superintendent, Wednesday confirmed that former French teacher Angela Berger had resigned last month. Her final day of teaching was Dec. 20, the last day before the Christmas break.

School was canceled for several days this month because of weather, Angelucci said, meaning “there has been only about one week that the students did not have a teacher.”

Under state educational guidelines, a substitute teacher who is not certified in the subject being taught may work for only 14 instructional days before schools are required to fill the position with a certified teacher.

Although parents have voiced concerns regarding non-certified substitute teachers and the French students, the district is within these guidelines and will be resolving the matter, Angelucci said.

“We will be replacing her tonight,” he said Wednesday. “The board will hire an English teacher. The French students will complete the school year using cyber instruction.”

Angelucci said it had been difficult finding a replacement for Berger, who is certified to teach both French and English. He said she had taught three French classes but spent half of her days teaching English classes.

He said he is excited by the prospect of cyber instruction.

“If we see that the students enjoy this and that it is fulfilling their needs, we may consider this course to expand to include other languages in the future.”