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60 teacher openings posted on Waterloo Schools website


WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Monday night the Waterloo Board of Education decided to submit an application asking for $4 million in federal grant money. Recently, the state identified Carver Academy and Lincoln Elementary as two of the lowest-achieving schools in Iowa. This means each is eligible for up to $2 million in funding. But first, the district needs to make drastic changes to turn the schools around.

One look at the "Job Openings" section Waterloo Community Schools website says a lot. There are more than sixty open positions within the district. It's pretty alarming for teachers and parents, or, if you're a recently graduated education major, it looks like you've struck employment gold. But school administrators said, it's a bit deceiving.

These openings are part of a re-organization at the schools designated as lowest-achieving. Fifteen are at Lincoln Elementary. Associate Superintendent of Human Resources Bev Smith explained, most of the positions are getting filled internally. Teachers are getting the option to transfer because of new requirements at the lowest-achieving schools. Those plans include potentially extending the school year and daily hours in the classroom.

Smith posted all of the positions so current teachers know what's out there. She's gotten a lot of worried phone calls from teachers whose positions are on the list. Some of them are away on leave. Smith said it does not mean their jobs are in jeopardy. They just have to let the district know they want to stay.

This is not just a tease for educators on the job hunt. The district is planning to hire, they're just not sure how many at this point. Smith added, she'll have a better idea of who's going where, and which jobs will actually be available, in a few days.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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