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Wake attracts teachers from all over

Posted August 22, 2008 12:30 p.m. EDT
Updated August 22, 2008 1:01 p.m. EDT

— Almost a thousand new teachers will be in Wake County classrooms when the traditional school year begins Monday.

Orientation was held for new recruits to the Wake County Public School System Friday.

District leaders say the 950 new teachers are culled from an applicant pool that is stronger than ever.

About half of those new to the district are also new to North Carolina. "There have been teacher layoffs all over Florida, so we've been attracting veterans from Florida, California, the Midwest and upstate New York," Joan Kister, teacher recruitment director said.

With a growing student population, and a limited number of teaching graduates, Triangle districts often hire from out-of-state. Wake County school officials traveled to 32 states to find applicants.

The district has 21 teaching positions still open. More than 9,200 teachers work at the 157 schools county-wide.