Cumberland County schools hire 200 vacancies, many teachers

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Like the rest of the country, the Cumberland County School The district suffers from a shortage of teachers.

Cumberland County schools are short by nearly 150 teachers, said Ruben Reyes, associate superintendent of human resources.

“We are not immune to the challenges that are being faced across the country,” he said. “Last year, our vacancy rate was higher than in previous years. The pandemic has had a major impact, in terms of human capital within the district. »

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Registration for the virtual interviews will be open through July 14, according to a press release sent out by the school district.

Cumberland County schools are still hiring, Reyes said, and there are just over 200 different positions open in the school district, such as licensed teachers, school counselors and school social workers.

The school district is short of more than 50 bus drivers, according to the school district’s executive director of transportation, Kristi Harden.

Some employees, such as cafeteria workers and teaching assistants, drive buses as part of their job.

The school district is looking to hire “top-notch professionals,” according to a news release sent to the school district.

“When looking for candidates to join our team, we look for highly qualified, but also caring and knowledgeable individuals,” Reyes said. “We coined the term ‘leading professionals’ to encapsulate the qualities we look for in district staff. »

To become a teacher, you need at least a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate.

Income of school employees:Cumberland County School employees earn an average annual income of $41,000

Reyes advises candidates to prepare before an interview.

“Find out a bit about the school you’re going to work for,” he said. “Be prepared not just to answer questions, but to ask questions.”

As an incentive, all qualified new hires could receive up to $2,000 in bonuses, Reyes said. Current employees are not eligible for the bonus. Also, teachers with a master’s degree will not be paid more than teachers with a bachelor’s degree, a decision made by the state.

The school district’s minimum wage for any unlicensed position is now $15 an hour, which is double the North Carolina minimum wage. Terminated employees will not be paid by the hour, their compensation is based on salary.

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During the summer break, nearly 150 new employees have already been hired, Reyes said. The goal of Cumberland County Schools is to fill as many vacancies as possible, he said.

“We are looking for quality, knowing that we have a large amount of vacancies,” said Reyes.

If you’re looking to make a difference, apply to work for Cumberland County Schools, he said.

To register for an online interview, visit Cumberland County Schools on line.

Health and Education Editor Ariana-Jasmine Castrellon can be reached at [email protected] or 910-486-3561.

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