Houston County school officials sent an e-mail to employees Thursday morning announcing job vacancies in the school system for the upcoming school year.
The system is looking for high school teachers in Spanish, French, math, science and social studies, various middle school positions and various elementary school positions in fields such as art and physical education, according to an announcement sent to school employees. There are about 40 vacancies in certified and classified positions, and that number may change if more staff members decide to retire or resign, said Tim Helms, assistant superintendent for human resources.
The positions with vacancies have not been deemed overstaffed, said Robin Hines, incoming Houston County superintendent.
If some of those positions are not filled, the school system runs the risk of being understaffed in certain areas.
The positions are not open exclusively to school employees, Hines said.
However, officials chose to send the e-mail to give staff affected by recent reduction in force cuts an opportunity to apply for other jobs for which they may be qualified.
For example, while all middle school foreign language teaching positions have been cut from next year’s budget, those teachers could apply for foreign language positions at the high school level if qualified, Hines said.
“We wanted to make sure those teachers who’ve lost jobs knew about the openings so they can be sure to be in applicant pool,” Hines said.
Helms said he already has received numerous inquiries from staff members affected by the reduction in force cuts about the job vacancies.
Usually, those interested in positions with the Houston County school system must submit an application through its Web site, www.hcbe.net.
The applications are kept on file, and the applicants are contacted if a position that matches their qualifications opens up, Hines said.
Current teachers who apply for the openings will compete with other applicants on file, including about 700 attendees of the system’s teacher job fair in February, according to Hines.
To contact Andrea Castillo, call 256-9751.