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District expected to hire teachers

Mary Thompson

Lake Tahoe Unified School District may be looking for a few good teachers.

The district’s board of education approved Tuesday a declaration of need for qualified educators for the 1999/2000 school year.

LeAnne Kankel, LTUSD director of human resource, said it’s not an unusual item on the agenda.

“It’s something that shows up just about every year,” she said.

The declaration allows the district to apply for emergency credentials, as needed through the school year, for long-term substitute teachers who have not completed their credential requirements. It also allows the district to apply for emergency credentials to full-time educators who will be teaching outside of their earned credentials.

LTUSD Superintendent Rich Alexander said a shortage of teachers exists nationwide because of the class size reduction mandates which took effect during the 1996/1997 school year. He also said the teacher shortage hasn’t had much of an effect on the district.

“Generally, we have a good pool of applicants,” he said at the school board meeting. “It’s a desirable place to live.”

Kankel said the district plans on hiring about 10 teachers for the 1999/2000 school year. She said six of those positions are already hired and four are still pending. Nine of the 10 positions account for vacated positions. One position is new to accommodate an English class size reduction at the South Tahoe High School.

Kankel said in the past the district, along with the rest of the nation, has had some minor problems finding qualified special education teachers and higher level math instructors. She said she believes that special credential requirements and difficult course work deter instructors from pursuing careers in those teaching areas.

But this year seems to be an exception. The district already has three special education instructors and one speech therapist on deck for the upcoming school year.

“We’ve had no trouble finding special (education) teachers this year,” Kankel said. “We were able to find qualified instructors and we’re very happy about that.”

Other items on the agenda Tuesday evening included:

– Adoption of revised course descriptions for about 18 curriculum areas.

– Award contract to Pezonella & Associates for testing and expansion services for South Tahoe Middle School Expansion Project and Mt. Tallac Continuation High School Project.

– Award contract to Lawrence G. Kiger for Department of State Architect inspector services for STMS Expansion Project and the Mt. Tallac High School Project.

– Approval of consultant contract agreement for bilingual training for teachers.

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