HUNTSVILLE, Ala (WHNT) – Back to school fever is definitely in the air, as parents prepare their kids and teachers prepare their classrooms. But in many school districts, many slots are being filled within these last two weeks. Some people that will be teaching next week..didn’t even know one week ago.
“We have a commitment that we ask of everyone: to be able to work where the need is,” says Keith Ward of Huntsville City Schools.With an average of 100 teachers leaving yearly, there’s a bit of a rush for school districts trying to keep classrooms adequately staffed. A centralized system keeps qualified educators on hand — putting parents at ease.
“Knowing that if you have a last minute opening, you have a candidate who’s already been approved by the district office, instead of trying to scramble and do the whole job search at the last minute, I think it makes an easier and simpler process for the schools,” says Ann Kvach, of Huntsville Council PTAs.
“We’ve had i think a total of almost 200 teachers that have been recently employed over these last summer months for the new school year,” says Ward. Huntsville City Schools offers incentives for teachers to give advance notice of their departure, to keep the school aware of their staffing needs before summer ends.
Any last-minute teacher hires are also given professional development training with the district to get them up to speed for huntsville students.
A second rush can also start after the school year kicks off — if the school has an unexpected amount of students in their classrooms.