Madison County school system posts record hires ahead of 2021-2022 school year


MADISON COUNTY, Alabama – Students in Madison County are about a week and a half back for the next school year. Meanwhile, directors have been busy hiring record numbers.

“It’s exciting but at the same time it’s a challenge,” said spokesman Tim Hall.

Almost 200 new teachers and more are on the list for this coming school year. This is something Hall said is unprecedented.

“We recently learned that we have set an all-time record. We are approaching 180 new teachers who have already been hired for the next school year, ”he said.

This does not include the dozens of hires made for other school employees.

“We are the 8th largest school district in the state of Alabama with nearly 20,000 students,” Hall said. “We’re very, very busy, the busiest we have ever been in human resources and people. “

He says the pandemic has really hurt the district in terms of employee retention over the past year.

“A lot of teachers decided after COVID that they didn’t want to be in class anymore,” he said. “Most of these teachers replace teachers who have resigned or retired, have decided to leave the classroom. “

The hiring is not yet complete, they are still looking to fill 90 positions.

“It’s for teachers, it’s for substitutes, bus drivers, child nutrition workers, people in our cafeterias, there are a number of open positions,” he said. .

Hall said they will continue to try to fill all of those positions, even if that means the process extends into the first few weeks of the upcoming school year. Hall said that right now they are especially in need of filling more special education positions, math teachers and science teachers.

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