The Lafayette Parish School System is having a hard time finding qualified teachers for 22 of its positions in French, special education and the sciences, Superintendent Donald Aguillard told the School Board Wednesday night.
“The district will be declaring a critical shortage for K-12 classroom teachers,” Aguillard said. “It’s a routine advertisement that needs to be made in instances where we are having trouble hiring certified, qualified teachers in particular areas.”
Human Resources Director Bruce Leininger said Thursday the advertisement will be published in the newspaper Sunday and likely again on Wednesday. School districts are also now required to notify colleges within a 120-mile radius of the critical shortage areas, as well, Leininger said.
Aguillard said it’s routine for districts to declare critical shortages when there’s been difficulty in finding certificated teachers in hard-to-fill disciplines.
The school system declared a critical shortage last summer. At the time, then-Superintendent Pat Cooper blamed the tug-of-war with the School Board over balancing the budget for teachers not wanting to take jobs in Lafayette Parish.
The current board gave its go-ahead for staffing formulas prior to its final adoption of the 2015-16 budget last month.
Declaring a critical shortage opens the door for a school system to hire retirees for the hard-to-fill jobs, if needed. A copy of the advertisement requested by The Acadiana Advocate states a July 24 deadline for applications.
Among the open 22 positions are a French teacher to teach at both Carencro Middle and Carencro High schools; math teachers at Carencro Middle, Judice Middle, Scott Middle, Thibodaux STEM Magnet Academy and Comeaux High; a chemistry teacher at Northside High; a business teacher at Northside High; a first-grade gifted teacher at Woodvale Elementary; mild-moderate certifications needed for one position at Woodvale and one position at Charles Burke Elementary; math special education positions at Northside High; two inclusion teachers with mild-moderate certification needed at Acadian Middle and Carencro High; three resource teacher positions with mild-moderate certification needed at Evangeline Elementary, N.P. Moss Prep and Westside Elementary; and more mild-moderate certification positions at Lafayette Middle, Carencro High and Acadian Middle.
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