With the start of school around the corner, some area school systems are reportedly scrambling to fill vacancies, including Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Baltimore City, and Harford County public schools.
HCPS was looking to fill 38 positions as of Thursday, according to Jillian Lader, the school system’s manager of communications. Pressed for specifics on vacancies by school level and subject area, Lader wrote in an email:
“We currently have 38 teacher vacancies, 31 of which are classroom teachers. Openings occur throughout the school system, particularly in the teaching areas where known critical shortages exist such as special education and science.
School system staff are diligently working to identify and employ any needed quality teacher replacements. 273 teachers have been hired at this time.”
New teachers are scheduled to report for duty beginning Monday.
New recruits aren’t attracted to Harford County because of top salaries. A lack of increases in recent years has ranked HCPS teacher salaries near the bottom among Maryland public school systems. So, what else might attract a teacher to work in Harford County Public Schools?