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Craven County School District looks to fill vacancies with virtual career fair

Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 7:13 PM EDT
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NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) - The ongoing pandemic has left its mark on school systems around the country and here in Eastern North Carolina, the effects of the virus have impacted many aspects of school operations and learning, and that also include staffing levels.

The Craven County School System says they are not only feeling the effects of the long time nationwide teacher shortage before the pandemic began but say that shortage has been made worse because of COVID-19.

“We are seeing the impacts of the pandemic, many folks are retiring. They are at that age which puts them at a higher risk age group. While we’ve done a great job getting teachers vaccinated and doing safety protocols, there are people who have left the profession because they are at the retirement age and the challenges with virtual learning and all of that have really come at a time when their health is also a concern,” explained Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Dr. Wendy Miller.

The School system says they are looking to fill a variety of positions around the district from teachers and teacher assistants to custodians and school nurses.

“We’re looking for resource, art, music, PE, we’re looking for teacher assistances, certainly bus drivers, custodians now more than ever, nurses,” said Dr. Miller.

In an effort to fill those positions Craven County Schools is hosting two virtual career fairs. The first will be on Saturday and then another will be held next Wednesday. You can sign up for a zoom spot or find more information on the event at the Craven County Schools website, https://www.cravenk12.org/Home

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