School staff openings at average levels

Shenandoah County Public Schools has 52 open positions that need to be filled before the start of the next school year.

Linda Hodges, supervisor of human resources for the division, said of those 52 positions, 21 are support staff roles.

This number of openings is “pretty average for this time of year,” she said, but they are keeping an eye out for any more resignations.

Three of those openings are for administrative positions – a transportation supervisor, and assistant principals at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School and Signal Knob Middle School.

Licensed teaching positions account for 28 positions and the rest are for classified positions, which include nurses, food service workers, bus drivers, custodians and various coaching positions. Open coaching positions include an assistant athletic director, head golf coach and head cheerleading coach for Strasburg High School, head golf coach at Stonewall Jackson High School, and boys basketball coaches at North Fork Middle School and Central High School.

Warren County Public Schools has only two instructional positions to fill after 57 instructional vacancies, according to Buck Smith, director of personnel. The schools have yet to fill a part-time welding position at Blue Ridge Technical Center and a math teaching position at Warren County High School, Smith stated in an email.

Resigning or retiring teachers created most of the vacancies, with 46 resignations and eight retirees. Two school administrators retired and one administrator, former principal of Ressie Jeffries Elementary School Thomas Matteson, resigned.

Smith stated that the schools usually aim to have all positions filled by July.

John Linaburg, executive director of human resources at Frederick County Public Schools, stated in an email that there were about 70 total openings as of June 29. Around 30 are support staff openings and 40 are professional position openings. He said there were about 80 openings at around the same time last year.

Frederick County schools saw about 60 faculty members retire this year, which Linaburg said was a notable increase from around 40 retirees last year.

Overall, Linaburg wrote that there has been no dramatic change in teacher turnover, which tends to be about 10 percent of the total number of faculty from year to year.

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