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West Point school district needs to fill teacher vacancies

The West Point school district needs to fill teacher vacancies before summer ends, but certain positions are harder to fill than others.

Posted: Jun 24, 2019 5:28 PM
Updated: Jun 25, 2019 9:28 AM

WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) - The West Point Consolidated School District needs to fill five teacher vacancies this summer, but the district's business manager said filling certain positions can be harder than others.

Susan Cothren, the business manager for the West Point Consolidated School District, said secondary education math and special education positions are the hardest vacancies to fill.

The district had a total of 10 vacancies to fill this year.

Cothren said the district is now down to five vacancies. Two of those vacancies are secondary education math positions.

Cothren said secondary math teachers need a math certification, whereas elementary math teachers only need an elementary certification.

On average, the district has 20 vacancies to fill, said Cothren. This year, the open positions are cut in half because the district had to cut staff positions due to a decrease in student enrollment.

The school board will discuss filling vacancies at the next meeting in July.

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