NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT)- There are 48 certified positions open in the Craven County School System. If they aren’t filled by the start of the school year hundreds of students could be without a permanent teacher.
Jerry Simmons, the principal at New Bern High School, has been in a situation where he has had to fill a lot of positions this time of the year, and says it is not fun. Principals say the most qualified teachers are usually employed by this time of year. The challenge is to fill the vacancies without settling.
“I’ve settled in the past and more times than not your initial gut feeling is going to hold true,” Simmons said.
If there are still vacancies when school starts, substitute teachers will run classrooms until a full-time certified employee is hired. Jonathan Tribula, the principal at Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary, said, there are ways to make the situation work.
Simmons believes the vacancies may be a result of the salaries offered to Craven County employees.
“Each county can determine their own supplement and that comes from our county commissioners and our school board and such, so again this isn’t to point any fingers, that’s a fact that our supplements are a little lower,” Simmons said.
Both principals mentioned that if there are still vacancies when school starts they will try to fill them with substitutes who are also retired teachers.