Wicomico Public Schools in search of new teachers
Aspiring educators who are looking for a job were a welcomed commodity at James M. Bennett High School as Wicomico County Public Schools is on the search for new teachers.
We're told currently there are only about two or three teacher openings, but the district will need to fill about 100 positions by the time fall classes get underway.
The district is looking for math and special education teachers, and is always looking for more substitute teachers as well.
We're told the search will continue to get more difficult as teacher education programs in the future will be graduating fewer teaching candidates.
"I don't like to use the word crisis, but as we look to the future we could be looking at a teacher crisis. We're looking at how can we bring candidates to Wicomico County, and not only bring them here, but how can we retain them, how can we keep them here," said Dr. Donna Hanlin, Wicomico Public Schools superintendent.
The district is looking to fill voids with fairs like the one held Saturday, and by advertising and recruiting at local universities.
They are also highlighting everything the region has to offer to candidates, with about twenty businesses at the fair on hand hoping to provide incentives for teaching candidates to stay on the shore.
"There's a lot of opportunities for businesses, we have about 20 businesses who have signed on to give incentives or to offer products or opportunities for teacher candidates," says Patti Adkins, Wicomico special education supervisor. "They may look at the Wicomico County tourism, or City of Salisbury and say, 'you know what, they have great events in Wicomico County, I want to stay here and be a part of that community.'"
Wicomico Public Schools already have interviews lined up with prospective teachers that came through Bennett High School. They hope to be offering contracts in the next few weeks.
If you missed the job fair and are interested in a position with Wicomico County Public Schools, you can go to the their website wcboe.org.