Warren County Public Schools is making plans to hire new staff as several teachers have announced they plan to retire at the end of the school year.

Director of Personnel George “Buck” Smith presented information to the School Board on Wednesday about the administration’s efforts to keep or hire new educators and support staff for the new school year that begins in mid-August.

Smith also updated the board on staffing numbers. The board’s passage of the fiscal 2022 budget allowed the administration to begin the process, Smith said. The budget includes salary increases and adjustments to the pay scale.

Vice Chairwoman Catherine R. Bower asked Smith about the staff numbers.

“Are you pretty well-staffed for the upcoming year?” Bower asked.

The division has seven licensed employees about to retire, Smith said. The administration has received resignations from 20 licensed employees, Smith said.

“I’d say, for where we’ve been in the past, this is actually a good start and I’m hopeful that the resignation numbers and those type of things remain low,” Smith said. “So this is our starting point of the new hires for this upcoming school year.”

Chairman Arnold M. Williams Jr. noted that the division has “quite a few” retirements. Smith concurred.

“We’ll most likely have double-digit retirements for this upcoming school year,” Smith said.

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