LANCASTER Teachers could get $2,000 more a year to work at Antelope Valley High School, which has been ordered by state officials to boost its staff of teachers considered “highly qualified.” To receive the annual stipends, teachers who meet the criteria to be considered “highly qualified” under President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind Act must commit to teaching at Antelope Valley High School for three consecutive years beginning next fall. The incentive is open to instructors who currently teach at Antelope Valley High School or who are willing to transfer to the school from other campuses in the Antelope Valley Union High School District. “Each year, we fall short of having enough fully credentialed teachers districtwide, but because of some mandates regarding Antelope Valley High School from the state, we want to make sure everyone is highly qualified,” Assistant Superintendent Tim Azevedo said. “We want to recruit some of our best internally.” Right now, about 85 percent of Antelope Valley High’s teaching staff is considered highly qualified under the No Child Left Behind Act, meaning they are teaching in the subject in which they majored or minored in college and have either an intern, preliminary or clear teaching credential. Ensuring that 100 percent of Antelope Valley High’s teaching staff possess the proper teaching credentials was one of three sanctions announced by the state in March against the school for failing to improve standardized test scores. The state also ordered the school to hire a trustee who will oversee school operations and have the authority to overrule administrators’ decisions, and to ensure that tutoring and other services are accessible to all students who need them. Depending on how many new teachers the district hires and how many of the remaining 15 percent or so of Antelope Valley High teachers finish the process of obtaining the proper credentials, Azevedo estimates that the school will need less than a dozen highly qualified teachers to transfer from other schools. Teachers who transfer will have to be matched up with available openings in their areas of subject expertise, Azevedo said. The district may have to move from Antelope Valley High teachers who do not become fully credentialed in time. “We will have programs to help them make it. We could do involuntary transfers, but we don’t want to do that. We may have to move some teachers, but we want to do that as a last resort,” Azevedo said. To be eligible to receive the stipend, district teachers must have a preliminary or clear credential in their subject area, have a minimum of three years of successful teaching with positive reviews and evaluations, and possess a certificate to teach English-language learners. The incentive program will run for three years beginning next school year. Teachers who enter the program in years two or three would only receive the stipends through the 2008-09 school year. email@example.com (661) 267-5744 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!