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SUHSD hires teachers, bus drivers and nutrition services

Community members rose early Saturday morning, despite the cold and drizzle, to attend the Salinas Union School District job fair.

About 100 job seekers showed up at the job fair and more than half of them left with a job offer.

Many were recent university graduates.

Mayte Alonzo Ruelas was all smiles and cheers as she left the neighborhood, with a potential work lead.

“It can be a bit daunting for new graduates as we are still emerging from the pandemic. We think, ‘Are people going to take us seriously?’ because we had to do online education,” Ruelas said. “I was surprised to be told I was overqualified for some positions here.”

Mayte Alonzo-Ruelas smiles as she receives paperwork for education job opportunities at the Salinas Union High School District job fair in Salinas, California.

The district recruits teachers and classified staff.

Also among the candidates were current district employees willing to explore different avenues.

“I am already an employee of the district but I want to develop my career. I want to be a clerk typist,” said Giovana Palacio. “Something like that really helps because a lot of people don’t know how badly schools are really looking for new workers.

Staff members from high schools and colleges in the district were there to help individuals through the application process.

Community members use provided laptops to fill out job applications at the Salinas Union School District job fair in Salinas, California.

Job seekers received informational flyers, school badges and even a breakfast of coffee and burritos to get through the morning.

Laptops were also provided for individuals to complete job applications on the spot, while those who scored interviews were able to do so on the spot.

“Right now the biggest concern is the unknown, coming out of COVID, and not knowing what teaching entails now that technology is at the forefront,” said Ray Santa. Ana, assistant principal of Harden Middle School. “We are here to support them. The ones we can get, we are happy to have.

SUHSD Deputy Superintendent Hector Galicia said the district hopes to do its part to address the shortage of educators seen across the state and nation.

According to statistics from the National Center for Education, about 44% of public schools reported having vacancies for full-time or part-time teachers. The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to these staffing shortages.

A staff member conducts an on-site interview with a candidate at the Salinas Union High School District job fair in Salinas, California.

“Public schools are reporting that they are struggling with a variety of staffing issues, including widespread vacancies and a shortage of prospective teachers. These issues disrupt the functioning of schools,” said NCES Commissioner Peggy Carr. “Schools have been using more teachers as well as non-teaching staff outside of their intended duties, increasing class sizes, sharing teachers and staff with other schools and reducing student numbers. . transportation due to lack of staff.

Galicia says there are around 175 classified positions and between 25 and 35 teaching positions to be filled at the SUHSD.

A staff member assists a job seeker at the Salinas Union High School District job fair in Salinas, California.

“We desperately need professionals, like math, science and special education teachers,” he said. “We have a two-year signing bonus for preliminary and fully accredited teachers of up to $15,000.”

District officials say they hope to hold another job fair in November.

Job seekers can also apply online at

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