CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – They play a big part in education, but right now school districts in Mahoning County are having a tough time finding substitute teachers.
A job fair was held Tuesday at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center Tuesday and hopes were high that many qualified applicants would show up. In just one hour, 70 people signed in.
Alex Harris was one of the applicants. She is fresh out of college from Ohio State with a degree in childhood education. Harris was prepared for her interview with resume and portfolio in hand. She was looking for substitute work for the rest of the school year.
“It is a great way to meet principals, meet teachers, get a feel for which schools I’m interested in working at long term,” Harris said.
Eight school districts in Mahoning County need substitutes. Some of those schools are Boardman, Struthers, Austintown and the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center. With Tuesday’s turnout, it looks like they will be able to fill those roles.
“Always want to make sure we have adults and teachers in the classroom. When our teachers have to be off, we have to make sure we have substitutes,” said Cheryl McArthur, human resource officer with the Mahoning County Educational Service Center.
Rachel Wixey and Associates, an educational consulting firm, is working with the county. They helped interview applicants and will assist with staffing.
All applicants must pass a background check and drug test.