EPISD in need of hiring 300 teachers for 2017-18 school year

EPISD for the first time in 10 years had a teacher fair opened to the public

The El Paso Independent School District needs 300 more teachers for the upcoming school year.

In order to hire 300 more teachers, EPISD held a teacher job fair opened to the public for the first time in 10 years.

“We currently have vacancies for next school year,” said Nancy Tovar, the director of human resources for EPISD. “But also teachers during this time of year – and really throughout the year – will decide to resign and retire.”

People like Natalie Puente are taking full advantage of it, and attended the teacher fair.

“I know there’s a lot of positions opened,” Puente said. “I want to teach elementary school at EPISD.”

According to EPISD, the district has around 4,000 teachers.

KFOX14 wanted to know what was the main reason the district is in need of 300 teachers.

“Most of our vacancies happens because of retirements,” Tovar said. “But we do have resignations because they relocate or change jobs.”

EPISD said 300 positions is what it averages on hiring every school year.

KFOX14 reached out to the Ysleta Teachers Association to compare between districts. An official said Ysleta Independent School Districts hires just under 100 teachers every school year.

Since EPISD has one of the lower starting salaries for teachers in El Paso, KFOX14 wanted to know what incentives it has for new hires.

“We have signing bonuses which we offer to teachers who have certain certifications in certain areas,” Tovar said.

Some of the signing bonuses included $3,000 for teachers certified in mathematics and science.

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