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School District Seeing Strong Job Candidates

June 11, 2012, 10:03 PM by Nicole Winters

School District Seeing Strong Job Candidates

The end of the school year usually opens up teaching positions as people retire or move on.  The Sioux Falls School District has been working to fill a number of openings since January.

It takes a lot of teachers and staff to fill the largest school district in South Dakota and that means a lot of new hires each year.

"We do some early hires, and then we start hiring long and hard in the spring, and then throughout the summer as positions open," Assistant Superintendent Sue Simons said.

Simons says the district currently has 25 job openings.  107 have already been filled since January. While those numbers may seem high, this is actually typical for the district.

"We’re about on average now with what we are every other year," Simons said.

Last year, numbers were quite a bit higher because more than 100 teachers chose to take an early retirement incentive compared to just around 50 that retired this year.

Even though the district is filling a large number of positions, Simons says the candidate pool has been good, despite a few harder to fill areas.

"The harder to fill positions, what they have always been, nothing new, Special Education, in part, because of the specialized degree you have to get above that training that comes with it. That's always difficult for us to fill," Simons said.

Also more difficult to find, Band and Orchestra teachers as well as Spanish Immersion teachers where the search stretches far.

"We reach out of the country; we look all over for those types of positions," Simons said.

But overall, the district is getting plenty of good candidates, many with years of experience. Simons says they're always looking for more because they want the best possible person in each job.

"We would certainly encourage those that want to apply to apply," Simons said.

Simons says people should continue to apply if they're interested because more positions may open before school starts.

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