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Clark County School District addresses teacher shortage

Posted at 5:45 AM, Aug 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-30 02:54:33-04
Students across the Clark County School District noticed some new faces Monday morning.
Over 1,500 new teachers will join CCSD this year, a sign of progress for a district struggling with a massive teacher shortage.

According to the superintendent, the district still has 319 positions open. While 319 is a lot to fill, it is down from 700 vacancies there were in February when Gov. Brian Sandoval declared the shortage an emergency.

Long-term substitute teachers are running the classrooms without full-time teachers.

The district says it has applications for the positions but it's still working through the hiring and paperwork process.

Parents are looking forward to the changes after years of overcrowded classrooms.
"I think teachers are overburdened with students," said one parent. "There are so many students in the classroom that individual attention for each student is kind of lacking."
Next school year, CCSD plans to open six new schools to reduce overcrowded classrooms.
The Clark County School District has 18,300 teachers for more than 300,000 students.