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Teachers Absent As Schools Ready For Classes

Posted August 24, 2006 8:25 a.m. EDT

— Officials from area schools with open teaching slots reported on Thursday that they had filled some vacancies but were still busy trying to find teachers for open positions by the first day of classes on Friday.

That's when students on the traditional school calendar begin classes.

As of Thursday, Durham County needed 40 teachers, while Wake County was looking for 35 teachers. Wilson County had 27 teacher vacancies on Thursday, and Johnston County had 38 teacher vacancies.

Wake County Public School System officials said Wednesday that they were confident that positions will be filled by the opening of school on Friday. They said the more difficult positions had been filled already, so they had plenty of resumes to find qualified candidates for the remaining positions.

As of Wednesday, Halifax County still had 26 teacher vacancies -- out of 400 in the district.

Other districts were in better shape.

On Wednesday, Cumberland County schools had 14 vacancies among 3,700 teaching positions, while Chatham County schools were down to five open positions. Nash County Schools had four vacancies.