CCDS teachers concerned about staffing shortages for next school year
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — According to the Clark County School District website, more than 1,400 teaching positions are open, with elementary schools the neediest. CCDS teachers shared their expectations and concerns for the upcoming school year.
Las Vegas high school teacher Ryan Fromltz expresses hope for the upcoming school year, and with that comes some much-needed staffing changes.
“It’s going to be a unique year. Last year was very difficult and I think for many of us a repeat of last year is what we weren’t hoping for,” said SDCC teacher Ryan Fromltz.
Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara has set a goal to hire over 1,600 new teachers by November 1, 2022.
In March, about 1,300 teachers left the district, which worries Jara because the district has not been fully staffed for nearly 30 years.
“We know that most schools will not be fully staffed in August and many schools, especially those with many openings, will be short a quarter or even a third of their staff,” said Fromoltz.
Nevada now only requires a high school diploma for substitute teachers.
Emily Kurcz, a full-time teacher at CCSD, says the support she has at her school is one she wants to continue teaching, but she says many of her colleagues in the district haven’t been so lucky.
“Teachers who spent 20 years in this district and couldn’t do it mentally and emotionally anymore,” Kurcz said. “I think my admin did a great job of showing appreciation. I think the next step is to show appreciation to the teachers who stayed and I do, the bonus was a good start for that, but I also think that a salary adjustment instead of a single bonus would be good.
The three schools with the highest vacancies are Kelly Elementary School, Escobedo Middle School, and Findlay Middle School in North Las Vegas.
8 News Now has contacted CCSD to find out how many teachers have retired or resigned since May, there has been no response yet.