SCS looking to hire 89 teachers

SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) - The Shelby County School district currently has dozens of teacher vacancies, but district officials hope a mid-year hiring event will fill those positions.

"It's an ongoing process to be recruiting in a district this size," SCS Director of Talent Management Nancy Ballinger said.

She said three months into the school year, there are still 89 teaching vacancies. Before the school year started, SCS officials reported more than 250 unfilled positions.

Since the school year started, the district has been able to fill many of those jobs, but the unfilled teaching spots are being temporarily filled with "long-term substitutes" or "teachers on assignment who were hired by Central Office and deployed to schools."

"As we fill, there may be more vacancies that come open, mainly because of people's life events," Ballinger said.

She added a district this size must recruit year round, and that's why the district started hosting the mid-year hiring event last year.

"We had a lot of positions that we needed to fill, and it made more sense to do a big bang event than to just continue to interview one by one," Ballinger said.

The Choose SCS hiring event will be held Nov. 18 at AutoZone Park. Anyone hired will start teaching this school year.

If you're interested in attending, you should bring your resume and a good attitude.

"Come ready to interview and show you are willing to teach in SCS," Ballinger said.

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