The Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Office of Human Resources is continuing its efforts to hire staff for the 2015-16 school year and focus on teacher recruitment and retention. As of Tuesday, a total of 217 teacher vacancies had been filled with openings in areas such as special education and mathematics. Teacher vacancies are covered by long-term substitutes until permanent teachers are hired.
Pamela Murphy, executive director of human resources, presented a staffing update to the Board of Education last week during their monthly meeting. According to Murphy, from May 1 to Aug. 26, a total of 1,113 teacher applications were reviewed by human resources staff with an average of five applications submitted per vacancy. More than 67 percent of new CCPS teachers are from states outside of Maryland.
Planned recruitment efforts include a focus on increasing the number of student teachers, and providing them with a screening interview for future positions. Additionally, all first-year teachers are paired with a mentor to support them during their first year with CCPS. To further support teachers and focus on retention, members of school-based instructional leadership teams serve as mentors to second- and third-year teachers in need of continued support.
For the 2015-16 school year, human resources has filled more than 117 permanent support staff vacancies and screened over 3,000 applications from May to August. According to Murphy, the average number of applications received for a permanent instructional assistant position is 150 per vacancy.
On Sept. 16, human resources helped to host a new teacher reception at Middleton Hall. More than 80 newly hired teachers attended the reception, which is sponsored annually by the Nu Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,000 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.