Clark County School District still looking to hire
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Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Nearly one month into the school year, the Clark County School District is still looking to hire about 100 more teachers.
The second graders in Ms. Jennifer Carroll's class have already gotten used to their teacher. She's been with them since day one. But in many other classrooms in the valley, substitute teachers are filling the void as the district tries to recruit more teachers.
"We're looking for approximately 100 more teachers to meet the needs of our classrooms," says Pat Skorkowsky, Superintendent of the Clark County School District. He says that they need teachers the most in elementary schools and in special education classrooms.
Dr. Staci Vesneske, the chief human resources officer for the Clark County School District, says that it's not unusual to have this many teaching vacancies this far into the school year.
"This is actually less than usual in terms of the number of vacancies to start the year, by a significant amount," she says.
The school district expected to have more students enrolled this year over last year. There are nearly 315,000 students enrolled for the 2013-14 school year. That's up significantly over last year's approximately 311,000 students. Superintendent Skorkowsky says this is a record for the school district, which is the fifth largest in the nation. Still, CCSD is dealing with 2,000 more students than it had projected. For now, it's leaning on substitute teachers. Many of them have more experience than a lot of the new full-time teachers.
"About a third of our new teachers are brand new with no student teaching or substitute experience," says Dr. Vesneske. But that doesn't mean they're not qualified. Dr. Vesneske says that the district's principals are very picky about who they hire. Still, with so many vacancies, the school district is working with universities and colleges to try to recruit students who are working to become teachers.
And principals like Dennis Kubala at Ruby Thomas Elementary School say they like the energy and enthusiasm that new teachers bring to the classrooms.
"It's an exciting time, a lot of times, they come in and they're excited to jump in," says Kubala.
This year, the district has already hired nearly 1,900 teachers, thanks in part to money from the Legislature to reduce class sizes -- especially in the elementary school and kindergarten levels. But CCSD isn't just looking for people to lead the classroom. It's also looking for people to drive the buses. The district is still looking to hire about 40 - 50 bus drivers and about 40 - 50 temporary food service workers. But as administrators work on filling these positions, they're hoping students can focus on learning.
For more information on the jobs CCSD is hiring for, head here: http://ccsd.net/employees/prospective/