Keeping up with system growth, GCPS hires additional staff









Keeping up with system growth, GCPS hires additional staff

Staffing for the new school year is on track, with the system adding teachers, administrators, bus drivers, and other support staff for 2003-04. In the early spring, GCPS anticipated, based on past trends, the need for approximately 1,375 new teachers during the coming school year. Based on the actual number of vacancies the school system encountered, that number is more likely to be closer to 1,100. Chief Human Resources Officer Dr. Frances Davis attributes the difference in the school system's early projections and its actual need for teachers to several factors, including fewer teachers leaving the system. "In this time," she said, "when school systems face staffing challenges, we are pleased that it seems Gwinnett's veteran teachers are choosing to remain in the classroom." However she is quick to note that hiring continues to be a year-round process, and GCPS will continue to hire educators to accommodate additional growth and to replace teachers who leave during the school year.

The number of new teachers needed by the first day of school will be closer to 850, but the school system will continue to hire throughout the year. As of July 15, the school system has hired approximately 800 new teachers and will fill another 50 vacancies prior to the start of school Aug. 11. (Twenty-eight of the current vacancies are special education positions.) These numbers will continue to change daily.