DAVIE, Fla. – Broward County Public Schools is hiring and a job fair on Friday saw crowds of applicants vying for 1,300 openings as students get ready to head back to the schools in less than three weeks.
The district identified more than 760 as new hires or leads for bus driver positions.
The district said on Friday that they hired:
- 213 teachers, which is approximately half of the vacancies prior to the career fair
- 100 food service workers (out of 140 vacancies prior to the career fair)
- 50 security personnel (this fills all of the vacancies)
- 201 people for clerical, teacher assistant and custodial positions
There were approximately 2,000 people who attended Friday’s career fair, according to district officials.
Broward County Public Schools is the largest employer in the county and there are openings for teachers, food service workers, principals, bus drivers, security staff and the list goes on and on.
Even those without a degree in education specifically are being considered. Broward is willing to look at those with different educational backgrounds and then train workers.
It’s no secret that all across the country schools have experienced a severe staff and teacher shortage due in large part to the pandemic.
“COVID has played a role in some of this,” said Dr. Vickie L. Cartwright, the superintendent of Broward County School. “A lot of times individuals who had the ability to say, ‘I’m going to change my career, or I think I’m going to go ahead and retire. . . ' COVID did have an impact on those decisions.”
The job fair is addressing a critical need in the community.
The career fair on Friday was scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., but those who were unable to make it can apply online.
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