The number of open positions in and around Charlotte ranges from 25 to 1,000 per district.
CHARLOTTE, NC — Many Charlotte-area school districts are ending the school year with thousands of vacancies for school staff.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools are among the districts with the most vacancies, with more than 700 vacancies for teaching staff alone — 331 of those positions are specifically for teachers.
School districts say the start of summer is slow for recruiting, but there are still vacancies to be filled. Districts are primarily turning to social media to advertise jobs until the end of the summer and the start of recruitment in the fall.
At least once every two days, you can find a new message on the CMS Jobs Twitter Page, as part of the district’s recruiting efforts. They are looking for teachers, bus drivers and specialist teachers.
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Some departments, such as the Exceptional Children Department, have vacancy rates of 10%.
“They don’t need substitutes or people replacing the cover on rotation, they need a teacher who will be there every day to build that relationship with them and to understand how they learn best,” Ann White, associate superintendent of student services at CMS, said.
The Mooresville School District is also looking for teachers to staff its Exceptional Kids program, as well as math and science teachers.
“Although we have already hosted our virtual recruitment fair, we are still actively seeking outstanding math, science and children’s teachers for our secondary schools, as well as school bus drivers who would like to serve as teachers and teachers. ‘teaching assistants at the elementary level.’” Ingrid Medlock, assistant superintendent of human resources at MGSD, said.
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As faculty reassess their priorities, some cite low salaries as a reason for leaving the profession. Rising violence in schools, heavier workloads, school culture and mental health issues among staff are also key factors for those leaving the classroom.
At least on the pay front, many districts are waiting for state legislatures to act directly on teacher compensation.
“We have to pay teachers and we have to pay them well to make North Carolina the state they want to come to,” said Sen. Joyce Waddell (D – Mecklenburg). “The state would have more to have not just a job but a career path.”
Union County Public Schools is also heading into the school year with more than 300 open positions according to its website. You can find new “open post” posts frequently on their Twitter page, sometimes even three times a day. The neighborhood hosts a virtual teaching briefing on June 16.
Which positions are not filled?
WCNC Charlotte reached out to several school districts in North and South Carolina to see which positions are currently open and which school districts need the most attention.
To note: Openings on school district websites vary depending on what part of the hiring process potential candidates are in. This means that there may be more or fewer positions posted online than are currently available.
Alexander County Schools says he needs teachers. They currently don’t have any job fairs scheduled for the summer. The district job application page has 29 open positions.
Hickory Public Schools is looking for several teaching positions including Music, Spanish, Carpentry, Math, Science and for Exceptional Children. A district spokesperson says the openings are at all levels. In addition, child nutrition specialists, bus drivers and substitute teachers are needed. The district also has open leadership positions, including the Director of Student Accountability and Secondary Education. The district is seeking to fill approximately 32 positions.
Stanly County Schools works with the North Carolina and South Carolina university systems for recruiting. The district currently has a position open for a Teacher Support and Recruitment Coordinator who will develop and lead recruitment initiatives to attract and ensure high-quality, certified candidates for Stanly County schools. The district has 81 job openings posted and says it plans to add more before the new school year. Some of the job vacancies include teachers, exceptional child assistants, child nutrition specialists, substitutes, bus drivers, media specialists, CTE instructors, babysitters, accountants, psychologists, directors, etc.
Lincoln County Schools said he has no career fairs scheduled this summer. Although they are looking for exceptional children, math and science teachers. The district’s website had 96 vacancies.
Burke County Schools also has no job fairs scheduled for this summer. They need licensed teachers in a variety of levels and specialties. Their open classified positions include Accountant, Painter, Data Manager and Custodian. The district plans at least 100 new teachers for the new school year. The district has 42 openings on its website.
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Mooresville School District said he is always actively looking for outstanding math, science and children’s teachers for secondary schools. Additionally, bus drivers can also serve as elementary level teachers and teaching assistants. The district’s website lists 81 open positions.
Catawba County Schools reported completing all job fairs in the spring. The district is using social media to spread the word. Its schools need visual arts, exceptional children and school guidance staff. The district has 131 open positions on its website.
Avery County Schools said he might consider hosting a recruiting fair with other nearby counties. For the moment, no job fair is planned. They are looking for strong middle school math teachers and elementary reading teachers. The neighborhood has seen several retirements. Additionally, the high school is currently looking for a Group Director, which they say is a tough position to fill. The district is also bolstering ESL teachers by adding two positions to work with multilingual students. They included two other great needs: school psychologists and exceptional children’s teachers. You can find 25 vacancies on the website.
Newton Conover Schools will also not be hosting a job fair this summer. They have 27 open positions.
The Union County Public Schools The website shows that they need teachers and teacher support staff, mostly for K-5. There are 338 open positions on its website.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has previously said they need exceptional teachers, bus drivers and teachers at all levels. CMS is planning a virtual job fair on July 20 from 3-6 p.m. The district website shows 763 open teaching positions, 3 administrative openings, 39 non-teaching and operational jobs and 393 non-teaching support roles.
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Rock Hill School District needs middle and high school math and science teachers, in addition to educators of exceptional students at all levels. The district is hosting a career fair at Clinton College on July 14 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The district’s application page has approximately 180 vacancies.
Chesterfield County Public Schools has a number of secondary teaching positions open. Its website lists 79 open positions.
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