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West Point School District struggles to fill teacher positions

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

Posted: Jun 24, 2019 5:25 PM
Updated: Jun 24, 2019 5:25 PM

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is for teachers... but not just any teachers.. as wtva's nicole dantzler reports..they need teachers that are certified in math and special education ... and those are tough to find. she is live with more the business manager for the school district says there's been a significant decrease in teacher vacancies. getting qualified math and special education teachers are the hardest. had to cut positions ." west point school district business manager susan cothren says the district needs to fill five vacancies this summer. two of those are math positions which she says are some of the hardest to fill. "it's hard to find somebody in math at the secondary level." susan cothren- business manager, west point school district rt-0:03 cothren says math teachers for secondary education need a special math certification compared to elementary teachers who only need an elementary certification. "when you're talking about algebra i or calculus or a class like that they really need that math certification. and it's just some people don't have that math certification." rt-0:11 cothren says on average the district has almost twenty vacancies to fill. this year it has ten. the district cut staff positions because enrollment numbers were down. " we had to reduce staff based on our student enrollment decreasing so we've had cut positions." susan cothren- business manager, west point school district cothren says shes hopeful the district will fill all vacancies by august. live in west point nicole dantzler wtva nine
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