The New Albany-Plain Local school district plans to add 12 positions for the next academic year.

The New Albany-Plain Local school district plans to add 12 positions for the next academic year.

That total could change slightly over the next two months, based on enrollment for the next school year, Superintendent April Domine said.

The district's five-year forecast includes a budget for a maximum of 14 positions for the next academic year for certified staff, which includes teachers and other education professionals, Domine said.

Fifty-three teaching jobs were eliminated as a result of the November 2014 levy failure, she said. Voters rejected a 6.9-mill operating levy and a 2-mill permanent-improvements levy. Both would have been permanent.

"We still have massive reductions that are not returning right now," she said.

The proposed positions include: two special-education teachers; one high school social studies teacher; one middle school-high school science teacher; one middle school art teacher; one elementary gifted intervention teacher; one elementary reading and math intervention teacher; one kindergarten teacher; one first-grade teacher and two fourth-grade teachers.

The 12th employee would be a psychologist for Marburn Academy, who would work exclusively with Marburn students, according to state law, Domine said.

The district's budget includes up to $1 million for up to 14 positions, district spokesman Patrick Gallaway said, which also could include any classified staff that might be needed.

The district's process for recommending additional staff was centered at the building level, Domine said.

Principals of each school building sent district officials information obtained by monitoring class sizes, students' special services requirements and the impact of the reduction of service from the levy failure. They also included parent feedback in their research.

When the levy failed and district officials were preparing to make staff cuts, school board members asked the administration to form a plan that would protect the classroom, board President Laura Kohler said.

Once the district reduced student busing and implemented participation fees for extracurricular activities, officials had to "prune across the board," Kohler said.

The understanding was that as the five-year forecast changed and officials began to identify improvements in cash balances, they could "very slowly and conservatively" build a modified version of what they had offered before the levy failure, Kohler said.

The proposed plan will involve the continual monitoring of enrollment, Kohler said. The rest of the plan helps district officials and board members respond to the fact that when they made the cuts, "we may actually have cut too deep in certain areas," she said. This gives the district a chance to try to correct the original reduction in staff.

Each of the proposed jobs has a direct bearing on student achievement, she said.

"To me, the focus is all about, what do our students need to achieve?" Kohler said.