New district faces teacher shortages
by Paisley Boston
Jul 11, 2014 | 514 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
West Bolivar Consolidated is in need of 15 teachers.

According to Cynthia Williams, Director of Human Resources and Public Relations, There are approximately 15 positions still open.

"We will work to fill these positions until school starts. We have contacted Teach For America and USA Employment to help us fill these vacancies with highly qualified applicants," said Williams.

School is set to begin August 7 but the district has vacancies in the following: Shaw High School, librarian, band director or music teacher, Spanish teacher and Chemistry/Physics teacher; West Bolivar High School; two English teachers and a science teacher; West Bolivar Middle School, math and Language Arts teachers; West Bolivar Elementary School, Exceptional Education teacher; Ray Brooks, third grade teacher and McEvans Elementary, two kindergarten teachers, first grade teacher, fourth grade teacher, and a Reading teacher.

Williams previously mentioned that the district would continue to search for teachers and seek assistance from Teach For America.

According to the Teach For America website, TFA recruits recent college graduates and professionals to teach for two years in urban and rural communities throughout the United States.

The goal of Teach For America is for its corps members to make both a short-term and long-term impact by leading their students to reach their full potential and becoming lifelong leaders for educational equity.

Corps members do not have to be certified teachers, although certified teachers may apply.

Unlicensed/uncertified corps members receive alternative certification through coursework taken while completing the program.

Corps members attend an intensive five-week summer training program to prepare for their commitment.

Teach For America teachers are placed in schools in urban areas such as New York City and Houston, as well as in rural places such as eastern North Carolina and the Mississippi Delta.

They then serve for two years and are usually placed in schools with other Teach For America corps members.

Williams also mentioned using USA Employment to help fill the vacant positions.

USA employment offers schools multiple options to interview teachers.

School district representatives travel overseas to recruit in person.

The company also enables principals to hire teachers using videoconference and phone/Web cam technology, without leaving the comfort of their own office. Teachers have since been hired for schools of all sizes, in urban, suburban and rural areas. The program has been featured in print, online and broadcast media.

"This year we expect to increase student achievement, improve educator capacity, build our consolidated community into one and establish goals that will enable us to be a successful school district," said Williams.

She also said in an effort to provide their students with services they deserve, the district is working hard to recruit highly qualified candidates to fill every position.

"With the consolidation, it appears that West Bolivar has a lot of openings. However, West Bolivar no longer exists. We are West Bolivar Consolidated School District and with the consolidation of three school districts, our vacancies are average for this time of year. The process to fill some of the positions is taken place but in order to remove the positions from the vacancy list, all parts of the hiring process must be completed," added Williams.

"Our focus is providing every student with researched based instructional strategies and instructional delivery that will increase their educational stamina," she continued.

For more information, contact Williams at 662-759-3733.