By Laura Crosio
Next year Johnston County Schools are expected to grow by 600 students, about the enrollment of an entire school, and personnel is needed.
School officials say over the past few months they have meet with hundreds of interested applicants to fill upcoming vacancies created by retirement, job transfers and the demand for more teaching staff.
Chief Personnel Officer Brian Vetrano said they have meet with 359 candidates from 16 different in-state universities at job fairs and an additional 123 candidates at out of state job fairs across the east coast, including Ohio and Pennsylvania.
A recent JCS job fair was held in April at West Johnston High School and attracted 216 candidates.
Vetrano noted they have already issued four or five early contracts to math and science candidates.
“We are making sure to recruit and hire the most effective teachers,” he said. “We are also working to retain as many of our outstanding employees as we can.”