Manteca Unified is working to stay ahead of what some experts anticipate will be a statewide teacher shortage next school year.
The district has already hired 14 new teachers in recent weeks using federal COVID funds. The teachers have been put to work assisting students to recover from learning loss created by distance learning.
The district is continuing to hire new teachers for that purpose.
When August rolls around with anticipated retirements and such, the teachers hired for one-on-one learning loss recovery efforts will be moved into vacant classroom spots.
Funding for the learning loss is expected to be spent over multiple years. That means the district will continue hiring teachers beyond what is needed in the classroom at any given time.
The district, due to getting ahead of the curve, has been successful with that strategy in avoiding a severe pinch of teacher staffing. It also helps that Manteca Unified is in a brisk growth mode as it is expected to hit the 25,000-student mark in the coming months.
The district is also hiring currently for all support positions in addition to teaching posts.
Manteca Unified blanketed postal customers this month with mailers noting they are hiring for paraprofessionals, school site assistants, substitutes, bus drivers and more.
Some positions require little or no experience. There is also the opportunity for parents to work at their child’s school site as well as flexible hours.
Job openings can be viewed at www.edjoin.org/musd
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