Triad school districts filling open teaching positions days ahead of new school year

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – A late push to fill teaching positions to start the beginning of the school year Monday is over in Guilford County.

A spokeswoman for the district said Friday night the district is no longer looking to fill teaching and school staff positions. Earlier this week, there were close to 50 vacancies.

In the Winston-Salem Forsyth County School District, a spokesman said the district will work through the weekend to fill 65 open positions, down from more than 80 earlier this week. The district is mostly in need of math and exceptional student teachers.

A search of the North Carolina Public Schools Application system found there are 23 teacher and counselor positions left to fill in Alamance-Burlington schools, 15 in Davidson County schools, 7 in Rockingham County and 3 in Randolph County.

Open teaching positions often give substitute teachers an opportunity to take on a full time position. It’s the kind of chance Tyshaun Smith is taking advantage of. He’s begun a full time position at Hunter Elementary School after only teaching no a part time basis last year.

“[The school district] finds the right person to handle your child -- they don't put your child in danger they make sure that person is qualified,” said Smith.