School District faces new year with teacher shortage

LAS VEGAS - Finding teachers for the 2014-2015 school year has been a challenge for the Clark County School District. As of Monday, the school district needs to fill 550 full-time vacancies.

CCSD officials say approximately 80 percent of these new teachers are needed in at-risk schools.

Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky says long-term, qualified substitutes will fill those spots until the school district is able to hire full-time instructors.

"Would I love to have licensed teachers in every classroom? You bet, but our plan B is a strong one, because we have substitutes who have training and went through our new training with our new teachers," he said. "So, we have a support system with lesson plans and mentors to work with them to ensure that every classroom is getting the best quality teacher that we can give them at this time."

One reason for the vacancies is because fewer college graduates have teaching degrees. Other states are also dealing with teacher shortages, making it especially difficult for the Clark County School District to recruit instructors from other states.


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