HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — The search for teachers continues for districts in Central Texas.
Hays County ISD held a job fair on Tuesday to fill the more than 50 teaching positions they have open.
“I actually hired a 5th grade teacher today,” said Sean Fox, Blanco Vista Elementary principal. “We have had a good flow of folks today and mostly coming from other districts.”
With many teachers leaving the profession, there is an urgent need to fill positions, but the specialized areas can be harder to fill.
“We have about 55 vacancies and we are really looking for special education, bilingual positions, elementary positions,” said Ginger Blanchon, assistant director of talent acquisition Hays CISD.
“I understand it being a great concern because we want what is best for all of our children in the state,” said Jack Palaio who was applying to become a special education teacher.
“Competition is a big thing right now and it is all about salary and benefits,” said Blanchon.
Hays is hoping a 7% raise for all employees will help draw in more teachers. Currently, Hays CISD has 15 special education teaching positions open.
Competition can be fierce between districts, which is why some are offering incentives to bring in more teachers.
Del Valle ISD is offering the first 10 teachers who sign a contract at Wednesday’s job fair a $100 gift card.
They will also offer a $500 sign-on incentive for special education teachers who sign a contract at the job fair. Currently DVISD has about 75 teacher openings with about 16 of those being for special education positions.
Also, they are offering a $300 incentive for new teachers who are Del Valle alumni.
“We were very careful with our compensation plan to ensure we would be competitive with surrounding areas,” said Suzie Wallace with DVISD.
Wallace says there are a number of benefits that separate them from other districts. Del Valle is also looking for a number of other positions, like bus drivers and food services employees.
Del Valle is holding a job fair on July 13.