The FY2022 operating budget (2021/22 school year) supports 230.48 FTEs (“full time equivalents”) of Instructional Assistants. There approximately 240 employees serving in the IA role, and as of November 1, 2021, approximately 76% were full-time 1.0 FTEs.
Table 1 shows the number of IA FTEs budgeted compared to student enrollment. Note the number of IAs has not decreased despite a decline in student enrollment. This was an intentional decision of the School Committee in the FY2022 budget in order to address potential learning loss as a result of the pandemic and remote learning. The increase of IA FTEs between FY2019 and FY2020 was to accommodate additional learning time in the student school day, and while FTE increased, the number of IA staff filling those roles did not.