Columbia County seeking hundreds of teachers to fill vacancies, growth expected

Columbia County seeking hundreds of teachers to fill vacancies, growth expected

Columbia County issued a call for more teachers in expectation of departures and growth.  More than 200 educators are needed to fill vacancies due to retirement, mostly.

“We’re going to grow by a couple hundred students, probably by about 400 students,” said Anthony Wright, Chief Human Resources Officer.

Wright said the school district is targeting as many as 225 educators to fill positions being vacated by retirees and people moving.

“Probably three or four years ago, teachers weren’t moving with their spouses as often,” he explained.

Right now, Wright said there are less than 28,000 students in the district.  He expects more than 28,000 for the upcoming year.

“Fort Gordon is growing as well, so that’s going to bring more family members, more children and we’re going to need more teachers to accommodate that,” Wright said.

So what type of teachers are needed? Wright told us its primarily elementary, middle and then high school teachers. Specialists are hard to come by though.

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