Sumter School District focuses on teacher recruitment

Board plans to travel country for job fairs

BY BRUCE MILLS
bruce@theitem.com
Posted 1/14/18

Sumter School District is pursuing several initiatives to fill classroom positions, according to district staff, in light of the teacher shortage in the district and across the state.

In the fall, acting Superintendent Debbie Hamm said the …

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Sumter School District focuses on teacher recruitment

Board plans to travel country for job fairs

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Sumter School District is pursuing several initiatives to fill classroom positions, according to district staff, in light of the teacher shortage in the district and across the state.

In the fall, acting Superintendent Debbie Hamm said the district would be trying to take advantage of the December college graduation season to hire new teachers.

According to John Koumas, the district's executive director of human resources, six new full-time teachers have been hired since the beginning of December. There are still 43 teaching position vacancies, he said Thursday.

Koumas said the district obtained some state funding to help with recruiting now and will be traveling this spring to several job fairs at various colleges and also traveling to Pennsylvania and Michigan for recruitment.

"Our department is doing things outside the box now to help with our recruiting," Koumas said.

Hamm has said previously that teacher retention is a good recruitment strategy, and the district's Board of Trustees approved a motion at its meeting Monday to allow her to develop and implement a new employee retention initiative.

Hamm said the initiative will focus on specific plans and strategies to encourage teachers to stay instead of seeking job opportunities in another school district.

In a related matter, Hamm announced at Monday's meeting the district will hold a teacher recruitment fair on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sumter High School.

Assistant superintendents' salary information

District staff released salary information this week on its two incoming assistant superintendents. Last month, it was announced that Norris Williams and Brenda Hafner will both be assistant superintendents for leadership and school excellence under Hamm. Both will earn an annual salary of $132,948.

Both are finishing their terms with their respective districts. Williams will begin in Sumter on Jan. 23, and Hafner will start in early February, according to Hamm.