Open teacher slots still a moving target in EBR

Article By: Charles Lussier | August 22, 2014 | Originally Posted on theadvocate.comEven after holding two teacher job fairs in recent days, including one in Pittsburgh, the East Baton Rouge Parish school system still has roughly 50 vacant teaching positions nearly two weeks into the 2014-15 school year. Even so, Millie Williams, executive director for human resources, told the School Board on Thursday she plans to stop hiring soon. “We are putting a halt on hiring until next week until we do some shifting, which I know we will have to do,” she said. A few schools are overstaffed because of less-than-anticipated enrollment, so teachers are likely to be moved from those schools to fill vacancies at other schools, she said. Williams pronounced the Pittsburgh fair held last Saturday as a success, saying the school system has contracts with 18 teachers who attended the event.

Even after holding two teacher job fairs in recent days, including one in Pittsburgh, the East Baton Rouge Parish school system still has roughly 50 vacant teaching positions nearly two weeks into the 2014-15 school year.

Even so, Millie Williams, executive director for human resources, told the School Board on Thursday she plans to stop hiring soon.

“We are putting a halt on hiring until next week until we do some shifting, which I know we will have to do,” she said.

A few schools are overstaffed because of less-than-anticipated enrollment, so teachers are likely to be moved from those schools to fill vacancies at other schools, she said.

Williams pronounced the Pittsburgh fair held last Saturday as a success, saying the school system has contracts with 18 teachers who attended the event.

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