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St. Louis Public Schools Hope Recruitment Officer Will Address Teacher Shortage

July 05, 2018 - 7:46 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis public schools are trying a new approach to hiring teachers as Missouri districts face a teacher shortage.

The district opened a staff recruitment office last year to address issues in hiring that district officials say has likely contributed to the large turnover rate. Officials say it's typical to have 100 or more teaching vacancies during the school year.

District officials hope the office helps them be smarter about searching for and selecting teachers. There was previously no set standard for hiring across schools.

Anna Westlund was recently appointed as the district's recruitment director. She says the office screens all applications within 48 hours. Candidates are first interviewed by phone before meeting with principals in person and teaching a sample lesson.