With less than three weeks remaining before the start of school, Johnston County Public Schools is working to fill 70 teacher positions throughout the district.
Chief of Human Capital Brian Vetrano told members of the Johnston County School Board on Tuesday that at this same time last year there were 69 vacancies. In 2015 there were 79.
Mr. Vetrano said some of the toughest positions to fill are teaching positions in math, science and exceptional children classrooms. He said other school districts also have had similar problems filling those positions.
Vacancies remain at elementary, middle and high school levels.
Over the summer, 202 teachers and support staff have been hired, including counselors and media coordinators. A total of 51 classified employee vacancies have also been filled this summer including custodians, nutritionists, data managers, bookkeepers, grounds crew, electricians and plumbers.
Mr. Vetrano said the goal is to have zero vacancies. Just in case all the positions are not filled before the start of the traditional school year on Aug, 28, retired teachers and substitute teachers will be contacted to help out until permanent hires are made.