Teachers in demand as school year begins

2017-08-09

LAGRANGE – Many public schools in the area are scrambling to fill teaching vacancies even as students prepare to return.

WNDU reported South Bend started the week with up to 30 openings, Elkhart with up to 27.

At Lakeland just five openings remained when the school board met Monday evening and district officials said they had good leads for four of those positions.

School Board President Bob Bond said concern is growing about the current climate in public education.

"The public education is pretty bad right now. It's pretty desperate finding employees. And to find people who want to come and be part of our family here is pretty nice. I know there are schools that started that don't have positions filled. And so we've been able to fill them pretty fast. That's a positive thing. Unfortunately we live close to the border with Michigan so we have a lot of spill over back and forth both ways."

Bond went on to say reduction in state funding to schools is forcing teaching to become a mobile profession with teachers looking to improve their circumstances by moving.

Fewer people are applying to teaching colleges and fewer teacher license applications are the result.

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