The district will lose 33 teachers and administrators next year. According to a report to the school board from USD 231 Director of Human Resources Jody Marshall, seven are retiring from education, 14 are moving out of the area or staying home in support of their families, and 12 are pursuing other career opportunities.
“We celebrate the staff members who are retiring, we admire those choosing to stay home with family or moving to another area in support of a spouse/significant other, and we respect those pursuing a new career opportunity,” Marshall wrote in his report. “While these are all valid reasons staff may leave our district, the USD 231 administrative team takes these transitions seriously and examines each resignation/retirement very closely.”
The district has hired 33 teachers and two administrators for next year, however, there are still 11 teaching vacancies that need to be filled prior to the start of the next school year.
“Building principals are working diligently to complete the hiring process for these final positions, and we are optimistic they will be filled within the next few days,” he wrote.