Teacher shortage creates challenges for North Spencer County Schools

Some Tri-State schools feeling effects of teacher shortage

SPENCER CO., IN (WFIE) - North Spencer County Schools Superintendent Dan Scherry has already started his applicant search for next year.

“I’d say the last 2 or 3 years, when we had a job opening, there were between 8 to 12 candidates for almost every position,” said Scherry.

But he says that number has dwindled to about 4-5 applicants in 2019.

“When the pool is deep, 3 or 4 of the top ones might be really good but when the pool is shallow of 3 or 4, maybe only the first or second one are really strong candidates,” said Scherry.

He tells 14 News that they may not always get to hire those top two candidates and that means that the talent he has to choose from can be limited.

According to the Indiana Department of Education, many subject areas that are suffering from the teacher shortage are the STEM fields. Although that is true at times for Scherry, he says the career and technical education subjects can be just as challenging.

“You’re talking about a classroom setting versus a workplace setting where people love to use their hands and don’t really like to use a textbook,” said Scherry.

The lack of money in education is one factor Scherry believes deters young people from becoming teachers, but not the only one.

“Does money help? Absolutely. Do salaries help? Absolutely. But I think there is a bigger vision of that service and being appreciated that is lacking," said Scherry.

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