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Johnston County Getting a Jump on Recruiting Teachers

Posted March 31, 2007

— Johnston County is starting its teacher search earlier than ever, hoping to get a head start on finding teachers to fill over 500 jobs for the next school year.

The state's eighth largest school district is one of the fastest growing in North Carolina. It's also next to Wake County, which is growing just as quickly and paying teachers more.

In order to get a jump on school districts competing for a shortage of teachers, Johnston County plans to hire early and often. Leaders have moved up this spring job fair by two weeks and are adding two more throughout the rest of the year.

More than 400 applicants pre-registered. Stephanie Hall signed a contract on the spot.

“I think a fair like this that calls attention to the need, and the opportunities here are a great way to get the most qualified teachers in and keep that tradition of excellence going,” Hall said.

Johnston County school leaders said they planned to sign as many as 200 new recruits on Saturday. Alan Reavis hoped he's one of them. But he said he knew even with 500 openings, a job wasn’t guaranteed.

“We're going out, seeking Johnston County jobs,” Reavis said. “It doesn't seem like they have to worry about looking for us too much.”

But school leaders are looking for more applicants. In the next five years, school leaders expect the district to grow to 40,000 students, and they'll need even more teachers.

“We're recruiting in 16 states and overseas,” said Johnston County School Superintendent Tony Parker.

Johnston County's school leaders have proposed a budget for next year that would increase teacher salaries, making them more competitive with Wake County.

The next teacher job fair is scheduled on June 28th. The third fair is scheduled in September.


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  • lisaids Apr 2, 2007

    lets face it, this is just like any other profession, there's very good teachers out there and very bad teachers out there. I have two kids and one of them by good fortune had great elementary/middle school teachers, by the time the youngest followed in the oldest's footsteps the good teachers had moved to better jobs/opportunities and their jobs replaced with teachers I wounldn't have training my dogs. I'm a very educated person, thank God because I ended up coming home after work each day to having to teach and I repeat teach not help with homework but teach etc. my youngest child everything she needed for the last 2 years of middle school. This is a very bright child with no behaviour issues. She had 3 male teachers her last year in middle school and it was the worst year ever. If they weren't talking football with the boys it was yelling at the kids and so on. All of these men had come from other professions and went into education because quote "this is easy money" go figure.

  • Greekgirl Apr 2, 2007

    Knew teachers stink at their job.I would not want to give them any bonuses until they had proven their worth.Most of them come in the classroom all gun ho,make the kids grade each others papers,have too many group sessions,and is pretty much still a kid themselves.I say prove yourself first,then we can talk.

  • AmericaFirst Apr 1, 2007

    Teachers don't necessarily have job security. NC is one of 19 "right-to-work" states (thank God), but that also means that a teacher - like any other employee - can be fired at will, without being given a long list of "mal-practices" - real or imagined offenses. Administrators, afraid of being sued by parents, will usually take the side of the parent and the student, regardless of how outrageous the student's behavior and the parents' accusations. If the teacher doesn't go against her personal principles and cave in to the student's and parents' demands, the teacher can be cited for insubordination and fired. Dedicated teachers with years of excellent teaching and experience are sometimes humiliated in front of spoiled brats and ranting parents. I'm amazed that teachers stay in the profession as long as they do. Been there, done that.

  • 2dinks Apr 1, 2007

    Teachers don't look for more money as much as they look for other things. If they wanted to make money believe me they would have spent four years studying something else. If the school system could find a way to get more parents more involved they would retain more teachers.

  • Scarecrow Cow Apr 1, 2007

    At least the teachers will have good job security.

  • storyteller Apr 1, 2007

    sounds like property taxes are about to go up...

    lottery say what?