July 9—As the start of the 2022-23 school year nears, the Aiken County Public School District is working to fill vacancies throughout the district.
There are currently 95 vacancies at several schools, said Jennifer Hart, director of human resources and administration for ACPSD. Positions available include 5K-5th grades, English, middle and high school math and science, and more.
“Special education teachers are the greatest need, although there are needs in other areas such as art, music, business, physical education and social studies,” Hart said.
Some positions have been open for a few months, others for a few days. Hart said there is a struggle to fill the positions as there is a shortage of teachers across the country.
With school due to start Aug. 15, Hart said there are plans in place if the positions go unfilled.
“Administrators at each school plan to cover classrooms based on the resources available in their buildings,” Hart said. “In addition, we have partnered with Kelly Education Services to provide substitute teaching services. They are also actively recruiting.”
To help recruit teachers, in February the Aiken County School Board approved a monetary hiring bonus for newly hired teachers in high-need schools and in certain subjects. Hart said eligible schools were determined because of difficulty filling vacancies in the past and critical need.
Teachers hired to work at Ridge Spring-Monetta Elementary School, Busbee Elementary School, Greendale Elementary School, North Aiken Elementary School, Ridge Spring-Monetta Middle School, School AL Corbett Middle School, Ridge Spring-Monetta High School and Wagener-Salley High School The school would receive an enrollment bonus of $2,500, Hart said. If a teacher is hired for special education, middle school or high school math, they will receive a sign-up bonus of $2,500.