By Lisa Phu
Alaska Beacon 

Statewide teachers shortage gets worse every year

 


Bobby Bolen is trying to fill around 50 teaching positions at the North Slope Borough School District.

“This is our focus 24 hours a day right now — to get classrooms staffed for students,” Bolen said.

Bolen is the brand-new human resources director at the district, which has about 2,000 students in 12 schools, some of which start as soon as Aug. 8. He’s exploring options like long-term substitutes and the prospect of international teachers to round out the district’s usual teaching staff of about 170.

“Our worst-case scenario would be distance-delivery. That’s obviously not o...



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