CCSD vacant teaching positions cause concern as new semester approaches
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Teachers in the Clark County School District fear another wave of quits will come in the new year.
Teachers say unresolved health insurance issues, low salaries and a small staff have prompted many teachers to leave.
Vicki Kreidel is the president of NEA-SN and a second grade teacher who says she notices many teachers are moving to different options outside of the school district.
âI see people I know being great educators either leaving or already gone or planning their outing right now,â Kreidel said. âWe have to proactively try to retain our good teachers, and no one will do anything. “
Kreidel says any further shortages could set schools back.
“If they don’t have enough staff to safely open a view, they’re going to have to make decisions like going to distance education until they have enough,” he said. -she adds.
Currently, there are over 800 vacant teaching positions, and in September, 8 News Now reported that there were 750 vacant positions.
Kristan Nigro is a kindergarten teacher for CCSD and says teachers are overworked to cover multiple classes and replacement shortages are forcing teachers to give up prep time to help.
âI predict we’re going to have a mass exodus after the winter break. The district thinks we have vacancies now, in January we are really going to have problems, âNigro told 8 News Now. âWe’re talking about working together again. We have to sit down, in fact not us, the leaders have to sit down and discuss what they are going to do about this problem.
Despite the frustrations, Kreidel says there is still time to do something.
“They have a point where it is, I’m done, not everyone is at this point yet. so before losing more people, the district should do something to retain the teachers they currently have, âshe added.
8 News Now has contacted the school district, as well as the Nevada Department of Education for comment, but has not received a response.