Schools struggling to fill open positions after school year starts

The Indiana Department of Education said 504 of the 653 job openings statewide are teachers.

Posted: Aug 21, 2019 4:12 PM
Updated: Aug 21, 2019 4:29 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Schools across Indiana are struggling to fill open positions, including teachers.

The Indiana Department of Education said 504 of the 653 job openings statewide are teachers.

In Allen County, Southwest Allen County Schools is the only district with every teaching position filled.

Northwest Allen County Schools and East Allen County Schools are looking for one teacher each.

Fort Wayne Community schools needs to fill 36 teaching positions.

"It most industries, if you had a 98% staffing rate you'd be pretty happy. For us it is just a little more noticeable when it is your child's classroom," said FWCS spokeswoman Krista Stockman.

Stockman said the highest demand for teachers is in Math, Science and Special Education.

"People do have to have the extra hours in to be certified in Special Education. It's not something everyone chooses to do," she said.

Schools are also using social media to find potential employees. Fort Wayne Community Schools runs the FWCS Jobs page on Facebook.

"That is where people are at. When you go to those social media sites, you see people tagging other people," said Stockman.

Even though there isn't a teacher hired for every classroom, Stockman that doesn't mean kids are just sitting there all day.

The district is using certified teachers as substitutes in those classrooms.

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