QPS filling open positions for next school year

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Your kids are out of school for the summer, but local districts are working to fill empty positions.

This comes as the need rises for teachers with specific skill sets to meet student needs.

Quincy Public Schools is looking to hire 57 open positions across the district before the beginning of next school year.

QPS officials said the district lost some teachers to retirement and others moved to other school districts.

Personnel Director Lisa Otten said filling the void can be tough, but once they are hired, the new mentor program brings new hires up to speed fast.

But Otten said every year, openings in one particular category are especially hard to fill.

“Special education. We are working very hard to make sure that we are getting qualified candidates in the right positions for our special education students,” Otten said. “We are working through the state on a competency based waiver through the state so we are actually able to hire our special education teachers early.”

Otten said that allows the district to plug them into positions before they get their certification, which helps out.

She added that the teaching profession has changed over the years and the district is not seeing the same candidates.

“We have people coming out of college with education degrees and this is their second career,” Otten said. “It’s different but we are excited about those applicants coming in. They bring a wealth of knowledge for our students here in Quincy. We are excited to work with those candidates.”

The goal is to fill all of these positions by the start of the school year on August 15.

If you have questions about job qualifications you can call the board office.

CLICK HERE for a list of the positions and or call at 217-223-8700.

Don Dwyer

Don Dwyer

Don Dwyer is a Morning Anchor/Reporter at WGEM.

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