Roswell School District short on teachers, looking out of state for more

Updated: 08/26/2014 6:10 PM | Created: 08/26/2014 6:05 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Roswell School District is short on teachers. Superintendent Tom Burris tells KOB Eyewitness News 4 the school district is planning a big recruitment effort that stretches well beyond the state.

Burris says they’re down 45 teachers, and half the positions are for special needs students.

“It seems like we fill a position and then we lose a position,” said Burris. “So, it doesn't seem like we're making a lot of ground quickly.”

Now, the school district is planning to go out-of-state to find teachers.

“We are actively recruiting at different colleges; I've called colleges even this morning," Burris said.

Burris said he is going to follow a similar plan as the Roswell Police Department, which is taking an eight-day recruiting trip to Michigan next month.

"[We're going to] Wisconsin, Michigan, and I’m getting ideas from locals like the police department," said Burris.

Burris is also recruiting in Texas and Colorado. "I actually set one up for Midwestern State University for October 13," said Burris.

Burris says the bottom line is they’re hiring, and need teachers as soon as possible.

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