Grant to address teacher shortages in Stokes, Randolph schools

STOKES COUNTY, N.C. -- $3.6 million is on the way to Stokes County Schools and Randolph County Schools to help address teacher shortages.

The U.S. Department of Education awarded the grant to the two school systems to help provide scholarship funds to highly qualified candidates who are interested in a career in teaching. The scholarships include a master's degrees in teaching.

"It's critical for a small county like us," said Sonya Cox, with the Stokes County Board of Education. "In a rural county like Stokes, sometimes it's hard to attract and retain some of the best teachers in those critical areas."

Cox says candidates who may have a degree in another field but are wanting to teach could purse the higher education needed, including a master's degree, thanks to the scholarship money.

"A lot of counties are facing teacher shortages so it will help us fill those critical needs areas like special education, math and science."

Funding will be awarded over a five-year period.