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Hundreds of jobs open in districts as back-to-school season nears

Back to school is just around the corner, and many New England districts still have dozens, if not hundreds, of unfilled jobs. Custodians, food service workers, bus drivers and paraprofessionals are just a few of the many roles schools are still looking to fill. Earlier this month, Beacon Mobility, which provides transportation for children in more than 60 school districts across the state, said it was facing a driver shortage of about 10%. Boston Public Schools, the largest district in Massachusetts with 46,169 students, lists descriptions of about 900 open jobs on the district’s website. Most of the city’s students will return to class on September 8. Boston Acting Superintendent Drew Echelson said Boston’s unfilled jobs include about 245 teaching positions. There is a particular need for middle school science teachers, ESL teachers and specialist teachers. “We have 130 schools. We’re basically looking at 1.5 teachers per school,” he said. “It’s a problem right now, so we have to work to reduce that number.” “We have hired 996 teachers this year. This is our busiest season at the moment and there will be a large number of applicants joining and being processed over the next two weeks too,” said the Boston Mayor Michelle Wu. percent of our teaching vacancies filled on day one,” he said. Incentives of $4,000 and $7,000 were used in Boston to help fill the vacancies for bus drivers and Echelson said the city has “nearly met” its goal of hiring drivers On-time transportation — as well as special education, English instruction and student safety — were the main pillars of an improvement plan that city and state education officials signed in June. Worcester, which serves 23,735 students, has about 75 openings. The Bedford School District, in New Hampshire, also has approx. n 75 vacancies. Bedford School Superintendent Michael Fournier told WMUR that his district prioritizes finding paraprofessionals. Paraprofessionals lend a hand to special education teachers and classroom teachers. Often they work one-on-one with students. Fournier said the district is willing to be “as flexible as possible” to help find people who can commit to supporting students. “Because what we really want to do is make sure we have people who can work with kids and have the heart to do it,” he said. “We want to be as flexible as possible to ensure our children receive the services they need.” In Bedford, the district is holding two information sessions for those interested in applying on Friday, August 26 at 9 a.m. and Monday. , August 29 at 1:00 p.m. at the Bedford School District SAU Conference Room located at 103 County Road.

Back to school is just around the corner, and many New England districts still have dozens, if not hundreds, of unfilled jobs.

Custodians, food service workers, bus drivers and paraprofessionals are just a few of the many roles schools are still looking to fill.

Earlier this month, Beacon Mobility, which provides transportation for children in more than 60 school districts across the state, said it was facing a driver shortage of about 10%.

Boston Public Schools, the largest district in Massachusetts with 46,169 students, lists descriptions of about 900 open jobs on the district’s website. Most of the city’s students will return to class on September 8.

Boston Acting Superintendent Drew Echelson said Boston’s unfilled jobs include about 245 teaching positions. There is a particular need for middle school science teachers, ESL teachers and specialist teachers.

“We have 130 schools. We’re basically looking at 1.5 teachers per school,” he said. “It’s a problem right now, so we have to work to reduce that number.”

“We have hired 996 teachers this year. This is our busiest season right now and there will be a large number of applicants joining and also being processed over the next two weeks,” the Boston mayor said. , Michelle Wu.

Echelson said the city doesn’t offer special incentives to attract teachers, but works to attract candidates through job fairs and partnerships.

“I think we’ll probably get to around 90-95% of our teaching vacancies filled by day one,” he said.

Incentives of $4,000 and $7,000 have been used in Boston to help fill bus driver vacancies and Echelson said the city has “nearly reached” its driver hiring goal. On-time transportation — along with special education, English instruction and student safety — were key pillars of an improvement plan that city and state education officials signed in June.

Worcester, which serves 23,735 students, has around 75 openings.

The Bedford School District in New Hampshire also has about 75 vacancies. Bedford School Superintendent Michael Fournier told WMUR that his district prioritizes finding paraprofessionals.

Paraprofessionals lend a hand to special education teachers and classroom teachers. Often they work one-on-one with students.

Fournier said the district is willing to be “as flexible as possible” to help find people who can commit to supporting students.

“Because what we really want to do is make sure we have people who can work with kids and have the heart to do it,” he said. “We want to be as flexible as possible to ensure our children get the services they need.”

In Bedford, the district is hosting two information sessions for those interested in applying on Friday, August 26 at 9 a.m. and Monday, August 29 at 1 p.m. in the Bedford School District SAU Boardroom located at 103 County Road. .

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