School officials anticipate USD 231 will grow by 2.5 to 3.5 percent next year, according to a report to school board members from Jody Marshall, director of human resources.
Marshall wrote that he anticipates more complete numbers including five-year growth projections in the upcoming weeks.
The growth will add to district staffing needs. School officials have recommended the addition at the high school of new staff members including content area teachers, special education resource teachers, a school social worker and an administrative intern. Officials anticipate hiring additional grade level teachers and elective teachers at the middle school level, as well as grade level teachers, special education early childhood teachers, reading specialist, and para-educators and building aides at the elementary school level.
“Considering the number of positions which need to be filled, and that we are in direct competition with the other districts in Johnson County for the very best staff, we believe it is necessary to immediately begin recruiting for, and filling these positions,” Marshall’s report reads.
To assist in recruitment, Marshall showed board members a recruiting video and print materials during a March 9 meeting.
“These materials will further strengthen our ability to attract the very best candidates to USD 231,” he said.