SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Calling all potential educators, the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System is looking for anyone wanting to pursue a career in education to attend an upcoming career fair.
Recruiters for the school system say the district is growing at about the size of a new elementary school every year, meaning they are constantly looking for qualified teachers to fill a number of positions.
Heather Bilton is the Coordinator for Talent Acquisition and Retention for the Savannah Chatham County Public School System. She says with the current state system, retirement is often common in October, which means the school system is looking to fill those vacancies in November.
"In November, we're often looking for teachers to fill those vacancies. So our November recruitment fair is for two reasons. It's to fill those vacancies, and it's also to start getting our name out for the spring big recruitment push," Bilton said. "When you look out on the west side, the Pooler, west-Chatham area, we just opened Rice Creek Elementary. We need teachers for those students. So, we need elementary teachers, we need teachers in middle school and we need teachers in high school. And we want the best. We have the highest starting salary of any district in our surrounding area, we want people to know that as well."
Bilton said a lot of people don't realize that the school district is the ninth largest in the state with 55 schools, offering what she says is a competitive starting salary for teachers right out of school, at around $38,000 a year.
"It's interesting, a couple years ago elementary teachers, for every vacancy we had in elementary, we probably had 25 to 30 applicants for every vacancy. It's not that way anymore, the tide has kind of shifted. We do need elementary teachers now," said Bilton.
Elementary teachers like the district's 2015 Teacher of the Year, Bynikini Frazier, who's been with the school system seven and a half years at the end of this year.
Frazier said, "Our students deserve the best. And we pride ourselves as a school district in recruiting teachers who will be vested in our students, vested in our community, and vested in our overall vision and mission. And that's all children getting the best education that they can in the best ways possible."
Registration is required for the November job fair, which will be held at New Hampstead High School in Bloomingdale, Nov. 21st. Click here to visit the SCCPSS website to register.