Bay District Schools employee shortage

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Bay District Schools is experiencing shortages in instructional and non-instructional positions.

The district is hosting a job fair at Jinks Middle School from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

John Cannon, the Executive Director of Human Resources for Bay District Schools, said interested applicants for instructional positions should bring a Statement of Eligibility from the Florida Department of Education.

Rhonda Woodward, Principal of Hiland Park Elementary, said she believes the application pool for teacher applications downsized in recent years.

"I think across the whole nation and here as well in Bay County, we have seen that there is a decline in teacher applicants and teachers," Woodward said.

According to Cannon, 19 instructional positions and 32 non-instructional are available around the district. Non-instructional positions include bookkeepers, custodians, paraprofessionals, and bus drivers.

Hiland Park Elementary is looking to fill multiple positions.

"Right now, we are looking for some good teachers. We have a position open in Kindergarten for a class size unit, trying to reduce the number of students in the classroom," Woodward said.

Cannon said being a teacher is an honorable role.

"One of the things that I think about lately is how noble a profession teaching is. You're held in very high regard in the community and the public at large. If you're interested in being a noble person, teaching is a good way to do that," Cannon said.