ECPPS moves to fill vacancies


By Reggie Ponder
Staff Writer

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Public Schools officials are planning a teacher job fair next week to fill teaching positions that remain open as the Aug. 27 start of classes draws near.

“We have approximately 24 vacant teaching positions,” ECPPS spokeswoman Tammy Sawyer said Wednesday. “We say approximately because we are in the process of interviewing and hiring continuously.”

Acting Superintendent Joanne Sanders, who took over Monday in the wake of Larry Cartner’s resignation, said this week that filling vacant classroom teaching positions is a top priority for the district.

Sawyer said the vacancies include 12 elementary teacher positions, six exceptional children teacher positions, one media coordinator, a middle school math teacher, a high school math teacher, a science teacher at the early college and two high school English teachers.

“We have scheduled an ECPPS Job Fair for Wednesday ... in an effort to fill as many of the remaining vacancies as possible,” Sawyer said.

ECPPS officials are still working on the location for the job fair and working on a registration link for the school district’s website.

“We will hold interviews on site, offering jobs that day (contingent upon meeting all employment requirements as well as Board of Education approval), and we will offer signing bonuses as well,” according to Sawyer.

In the Camden County Schools, which has about a third as many students as ECPPS, there were two teaching vacancies remaining as of Wednesday afternoon. One was a physical education teacher and the other a teacher in the academically or intellectually gifted program.

Billie Berry, director of human resources for the Camden County Schools, said that was fairly consistent with prior years. He noted that both positions were resignations from last week.

“We have done most of our hiring this summer,” Berry said.

The Edenton-Chowan Public Schools reported three teaching vacancies this week. School officials indicated they were working to fill those vacancies.

The Perquimans County Schools reported one teaching vacancy.