Cleveland Metro School District still has 84 open teaching positions to fill, job fair next week

Parents upset about subtitute teachers

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Metropolitan School District got an earful from the community Tuesday night about schools still having substitute teachers in the classroom.

The district trying to keep their promise of smaller class sizes got a late start hiring last spring. Making things worse, 51 employees have resigned or retired already since the start of the school year. Currently the district has 84 open teaching positions.

"The fact that a council person has to go to a school and find out there are not enough teachers in that school is unacceptable," said Ward 2 Cleveland Councilman Zach Reed.

"We are almost a quarter of the school year in, that's the problem. I mean, if we were talking about this in July we would understand that, but this is almost November," said Pastor Phillips representing Common Good.

Seniors and their parents at John Adams High School are upset there are no foreign language teachers when a foreign language is required for graduation.

CMSD CEO Eric Gordon said the process is delayed because they don't have enough candidates right now that want to work at that school.

"We are aggressively looking for those positions that are vacant," said Gordon. "I know for example that in electives, both Spanish and French are a concern."

A job fair is being held Wednesday, October 30 at the Barbara Bennett-Byrd Center, 11404 Lakeshore Boulevard in Bratenahl.

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