- Associated Press - Monday, August 11, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nearly 400 teachers new to the Lincoln Public Schools district will be leading classes this year. That’s on top of the more than 300 educators who were first-time district hires last year.

The 384 new teachers at Lincoln Public Schools this year will help fill a void created when, in addition to the normal number of resignations, more teachers than usual retired at the end of the 2013-14 school year, associate superintendent Eric Weber told the Lincoln Journal Star (https://bit.ly/1uhBb3a ).

The district has more than 3,100 teachers employed for the 2014-15 school year. It saw an enrollment jump of around 1,000 students for classes starting Tuesday. Last year, school registration increased by more than 930 students. The school board approved adding 50 full-time teaching positions this school year in order to meet the growth in student enrollment.

About half of the teachers new to the district will be starting their first jobs in education. Weber said the district typically hires many new teachers, because there’s a “wide pool of qualified people out there.”

“A lot of people would say a school district can hire new teachers for less money, but we don’t necessarily target that,” he said. “We want the very best teachers we can find, and we are finding them.”



More teachers could be hired in the district depending on how many students are counted in Lincoln classrooms in early September, Weber said.

About 85 percent of the new teachers attended Nebraska universities, and almost half are graduates from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, according to the school district.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, https://www.journalstar.com

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