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School district moves ahead with hirings for new year

By Staff | Jun 4, 2020

The school district is currently on track of hiring teachers as they have been in previous years.

Chief Human Resource Officer Dr. Angela Pruitt said in a meeting earlier this week that the positive assumption is that the school district is going to open schools in the fall, as they have always opened in prior years. She said when looking into the lens, if they were to open schools in the same fashion as previous years, they are pretty much in line with last year.

There are about 260 openings for next year, which is just 10 more than the same time last year. So far, Pruitt said they have recruited more than 170 individuals, who are committed to the upcoming school year.

“We continue to have events lined up,” Pruitt said. “We have events scheduled for people interested in teaching.”

There are 110 people registered for an upcoming event. She said with high unemployment, the district tends to have more candidates.

There is another virtual recruitment fair, AAEE Virtual Career Fair For Teachers, from 1 to 5 p.m. June 25. Pruitt said they have another possible one slated for Aug. 1 depending on what numbers look like.

She said the fair is for those who have a degree in something else, but are interested in teaching.

“We have worked with all of our displaced folks and are comfortable there,” she said. “Our surplus list is really, very small. It looks good going into June at this point.”

Spokesperson Rob Spicker said when budgets went out to schools for next year, they were anticipating a schedule change in middle and high school that would require more than 100 fewer teachers.

“Even though the plan was delayed, with the shutdown and expected budget impacts, we kept the smaller school budgets in place,” he said in an email. “We promised those teachers, and any other teacher with an effective or highly effecting rating, who could not stay at their current school because of a change in the number of teachers needed, that we would place them at another school.”

As far as surplus, it refers to staff that already renewed for employment for next year, but their current position does not exist, Spicker explained.

“We place those employees in comparable positions,” he said.

Pruitt said they are making sure all internal people are placed in positions. She said they will continue to look at the different scenarios and reassess as they go along to accommodate what school will look like in August.