At the start of the new school year, Williamson County Schools will have hired some 350 new teachers and 152 new classified personnel.
But the district still needs to fill a number of positions, Dr. Leigh Webb, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, said Tuesday at a media session.
“Most of our current openings are hard to fill positions, such as support services,” she said.
But overall, the district needs to fill 57 certified positions, most of which are teaching jobs.
The specific needs of WCS for certified personnel are most pressing in: chemistry, math, Spanish, language arts; also school psychologists.
In classified personnel, Webb said their needs are greatest in: teacher assistant, before-and-after-school workers in the SACC program, in addition to substitute teachers and bus drivers. Currently the district employs 240 bus drivers for 238 routes, but Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney said that bus drivers are one of the hardest positions to keep filled, and that it is a need across the state, not just WCS.
Webb said the shortages, both classified and certified, are in line with the limited supply of people in those positions coming out of schools.
“I think that you will see that statewide the trend for those positions is that they are indeed difficult to fill,” she said.
The teaching positions not yet filled will be taught by substitute teachers for the time being.
Webb said principals are actively interviewing applicants.
Anyone interested in viewing open positions or applying can go to the district’s Careers webpage here.
To see the job vacancies and apply, visit the Careers page of the WCS website.