Districts looking to fill vacancies before start of fall semester
FARMINGTON — San Juan County public school districts are looking to hire teachers and fill other district positions for the upcoming school year during the San Juan County Teacher Fair Monday.
Representatives from the Aztec Municipal, Bloomfield, Central Consolidated and Farmington Municipal school districts, along with Navajo Preparatory School, will be on hand in the San Juan College Henderson Fine Arts Center Monday morning to interview candidates for a variety of positions.
The Farmington and Central Consolidated school districts independently held a job fair in August 2014 with Farmington hosting another job fair in December 2014.
The county teacher fair was a collaboration between the county school districts and SJC, according to Farmington schools Human Resources Director Chris Pash.
"The fact that all the districts are doing it together is a good thing," Pash said.
The San Juan College alternative licensure program will have representatives on hand to answer questions for people with a bachelor's degree that might qualify them to be hired under the alternative licensure program.
Farmington schools is looking to fill about 38 teacher vacancies after hiring 53 teachers for the upcoming school year.
Most of the open positions for Farmington are in the 10 elementary schools with a couple of math teacher positions open in the middle and high schools.
Several administrators, including Pash, said recruiting new teachers has become more difficult as they see fewer students graduating from state colleges and universities with teacher degrees.
"The universities are not pushing out a lot of candidates," Aztec schools Deputy Superintendent Tania Prokop said. "Not a lot of young people are going into the field of education."
Aztec is looking to fill about 14 teacher vacancies across the district with five of the positions open at C.V. Koogler Middle School.
Finding teachers with special education training has been difficult for Aztec and Bloomfield schools.
"Like all the other districts, we've had trouble filling those positions," Bloomfield schools Human Resources Director Debbie Hernandez said.
Five of the 11 positions open in Bloomfield are for special education teachers, according to the district's website.
Central Consolidated schools has approximately 44 teacher positions open, but about half of those are in the process of being filled, CCSD spokesman James Preminger said in an email.
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