NEW BERN, NC (WNCT)- Substitute teachers could be greetings students on the first day of school instead of full-time employees. There are still a number of licensed positions open across eastern North Carolina. Pitt and Craven County have around 30 classroom teacher positions available. If the positions aren’t filled by the time school starts, students will begin the year with substitute teachers. Dr. Wendy Miller with Craven County Schools tells WNCT the county has an extensive list of substitute teachers, and a lot of them are retirees. She says starting the school year with 30 positions open is not ideal, but they want to make sure they are hiring the best people possible. Dr. Miller says recruiting teachers in North Carolina can be tough.
“With teacher pay, their threatening our benefits, and its very difficult when surrounding states beginning teachers start out making $10,000 more than they make in the state of North Carolina. We have to sell our support for beginning teachers and the things that we do locally to bring them to Craven County.”
Principals are responsible for hiring classroom teachers, and Dr. Miller says she receives multiple recommendations from them every day. Dr. Miller says she is hopeful the county can fill all the positions before the school year starts. She says she doesn’t want principals to pick someone just because they are licensed. She wants teachers hired who are the best fit for the students.