School district rushes to fill teacher openings before classes start

 

A Mid-Michigan school district has put out a help wanted sign.

It’s trying to fill several teaching positions before the start of the new school year.

“This is like a marathon and a sprint at the same time,” said Dr. Marcus Davenport.

Dr. Davenport is the new superintendent for Beecher Community Schools.

He said they are racing against the clock to hire new teachers before the beginning of the school year.

“Beecher Community Schools are on the balanced calendar so our students start a little earlier than most school systems," Davenport said. "Our students will start on Monday, August 13."

It’s an issue schools across the country are dealing with amid a nationwide shortage of teachers.

Dr. Davenport said they have six open slots in the district and last week they interviewed 24 candidates.

“We’ve been very proactive and really diligent as far as reaching out to teachers, we just have to be really aggressive when recruiting teachers,” Davenport said.

Davenport says his district decided to take some creative measures to get teachers to choose Beecher.

“In most cases, a candidate does not hear directly from the superintendent so I made those personal calls because it’s something special to know that you were a part of the renaissance of a district and that’s what our individuals have an opportunity to do,” Davenport said.

Davenport believes part of the problem lies with how unappreciated teachers are and hopes other schools will follow suit.

“I think that the talent pool will increase and I think that we’ll see greater day in education that people will return to education we just have to be mindfully as a society of how we treat teachers,” Davenport said.

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