In Lauderdale County, the county school district is making moves to prevent their district from experiencing a teacher shortage.
The Lauderdale County School District is holding it’s 2nd annual Educator Recruitment Fair this Thursday, January 30th from 4pm to 7pm
According to the Mississippi Department of Education there are fifty school districts in the state with a critical shortage of teachers and the Lauderdale County School District doesn’t want to add to the list.
“There is a teacher shortage in the state of Mississippi, we’ve not been impacted by that here in Lauderdale county, we’ve been blessed with teachers to come here and they want to work here, so we’ve not found ourselves in the position where we have to start school without qualified teachers, but we don’t want to find ourselves in that position, we want to make sure that we have qualified people starting on day one, so that’s why we’re starting these recruiting efforts”, said Dr. DeShannon Davis, Director of Federal Programs.
The recruitment fair is not only for veteran educators, but also new ones.
“We’re inviting anyone that has a education degree or maybe could be graduating soon, in May, or this past December. We’re inviting you to come talk to us to see if your interested in working for the Lauderdale county school district, so we’re just kind of –this is our outreach program, where we’re trying to draw people in, get them to apply to work for us, so that we can select the best of the best”, said Dr. Davis.
Dr. Davis shares that this is a great opportunity for recent graduates.
“They can bring their resume; they can come dressed for success and speak with those that are in charge of doing the hiring at the schools and so they just sell themselves that night”, said Dr. Davis.
All twelve schools in the Lauderdale County School District will be represented at the Educator Recruitment Fair.