Duval County combatting teacher vacancies


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Many older teachers in Duval County are leaving their jobs and that’s creating a number of vacancies, school district officials said.

The school district is currently short 102 teachers and 79 support staff, such as teacher aides.

Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti said he is in talks with the school board to come up with some solutions, including returning more instructional specialists to the classrooms. Those are the people who actually teach teachers. 

Vitti said that while there is a demand to hire new teachers, even though not as many people are willing to take on that job, the district is making progress.

“We have done a lot as far as hiring,” Vitti said. “In the past two years, we've taken teams of people across the country to hire teachers across the country. So we've offered over 400 contracts for teachers to come to Jacksonville. We've actually hired more teachers than have resigned, and the number of teachers resigning has declined in the past two years.”

Vitti said he will discuss more with the board in February, but may not be able to implement the idea until they find out budget revenues from Tallahassee late this spring.

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