Caroline County students will return for the 2018-19 school year to all classroom positions being fully staffed. There are immeasurable benefits to having a qualified teacher in every classroom. At the beginning of 2017-18, Caroline had seven teacher vacancies which were staffed by long-term substitutes, which is never an ideal situation.
Even with today’s shortage of teacher candidates, CCPS was able to recruit and hire for all teaching positions. Caroline implemented numerous strategies to ensure we were hiring the best and the brightest for 2018-2019. In addition to listing openings on the CCPS website, the Human Resources Department reached out to local colleges for available graduates, posted openings on Indeed, and advertised on the CCPS Facebook page which has 4,227 followers. The administrative staff recruited graduates from Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York colleges and offered 15+ early letters of intent. This was the second year of an employee referral incentive funded by Grand Canyon University, which provided the referring staff member a gift card in return for a successful teacher referral. Additionally, the division offered a signing bonus for many of their hard-to-fill positions.
“I am delighted that we are starting off the year fully staffed. In the past, we have started with vacancies and had to use long-term substitutes,” said School Board Chairman, George Spaulding.
Teacher retention will be the focus for this school year. Once CCPS finds good teachers, we want to keep them here.