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HAMILTON COUNTY SCHOOLS AIMS TO RECRUIT 300 NEW TEACHERS, AMID TEACHER SHORTAGE

Related Article Hamilton County Schools superintendent presents plan for 12 low-performing schools Read more Hamilton County Schools officials and administrators will meet this week with nearly 200 prospective teacher candidates as the district works to fill positions. As of Friday, more than 190 participants had pre-registered for Monday's recruitment fair, with administrators, teachers and principals from at least 50 of the district's 79 schools slated to attend, said Erin Harrell, recruitment and field experience coordinator for Hamilton County Schools. But while administrators are planning ahead for recruiting next year's teachers, 16 Hamilton County classroom positions are currently vacant, just days before winter break. Though those 16 classrooms are not teacherless - they are most commonly staffed by a long-term substitute teacher - these mid-year vacancies highlight the challenges the district faces in recruiting, hiring and retaining teachers. The current vacancies have either been vacant since the beginning of the school year or the teacher has left since the first day of school. If you go The Hamilton County Schools Recruitment Fair will be held Monday at 5:30 p.m. at East Ridge Elementary School. To learn more and register, visit HCDE's recruitment site or teachchattanooga.org. The issue isn't unique to Hamilton ...

News source: Times Free Press

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