January Retirement Hiring Update

As you may be aware, the district has been working collaboratively with building principals to fill the shoes of 70 staff including teachers, counselors, social workers and administrators, who will be retiring on January 20, 2012. We are committed to providing the least amount of disruption to students and families during this unprecedented teacher retirement/hiring and transition process. Surveys were sent to parents of students who have teachers retiring next month, so they can input on the desired characteristics of their child’s new teacher. This information was used by principals in determining the top candidate(s) for their school. 

Nearly 700 applications were received for these vacancies, and a collaborative screening process between human resources, principals, and district office administrators resulted in nearly 130 candidates being interviewed. As a result of the interviews:

  • Seventeen (17) recommended candidates for specific positions at the middle and high school level, and special content areas.
  • Forty-three (43) candidates for 24 vacancies in 4K-grade 8, with second interviews already completed.
  • Approximately 15-20 additional interviews are scheduled for hard-to-fill areas (special education, library media specialists).

Background and reference checks are already in process for candidates under consideration. Professional learning is scheduled for these teachers before they start in the classroom. Parents will be able to meet their child’s new teacher at the January evening parent-teacher conferences.

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