Teacher shortage in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. -- Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools currently have 45 vacant teacher positions throughout the district.

WSFCS spokesman Theo Helm said half of those positions are math and science positions in middle and high school grades. The rest are teacher positions that teach all core classes.

Parkland High School Principal Spencer Hardy had 25 open positions at the beginning of the school year; six of them in the math department.

"I filled those openings with retired teachers; I transferred some classes over to teachers so I had to take away their planning period in order to give them another class to teach," Hardy said. “At this point I'm aware of four teachers who have come to me already telling me they're going to do something else besides teaching.”

When asked if WSFCS have a recruitment program in place to combat the issue Helm said they did not at this point.

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