CCSD welcomes 1,800 new teachers
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Clark County School District is welcoming its largest group of new teachers in six years. With less than two weeks to go until the upcoming school year, there was a lot of excitement at the new teachers' orientation at the Venetian on Thursday.
CCSD has hired about 1,800 new teachers for the 2013-14 school year.
Dr, Staci Vesneske, who serves as the Chief Human Resources Officer for CCSD, explained that there are a couple of reasons why the district was able to add so many teachers.
"One of them was we received additional new dollars to reduce class size and that added about 600 new teaching positions. And then also our legislature added us some dollars so we could reduce class size at the kindergarten level and that added new teachers," she said. "The legislative session allocated us additional dollars and early learning is so important so we're really excited that our kindergartners are going to experience lower class sizes this year."
One-third of the new teachers have taught before, but not in Clark County. Another third are brand new to teaching. And the last third have worked as substitutes and just got hired full-time.
Laura Labovitz will be working as a seventh grade English teacher this year after serving as a substitute during previous years. She said that working as a substitute gives her an edge in the classroom.
"It really gives you a good foundation to jumping in as a full fledged teacher on your own," she said.
The school district isn't done hiring, though. It is still looking for 150 more teachers, especially in the area of special education.