Liberty Co. School System Raises Enrollment Bonus to Attract More Teachers

LIBERTY COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) – As the school year begins to wind down into its final months, one thing remains a problem for districts across the country – a shortage of teachers.

The Liberty County School System is introducing additional enrollment bonuses for teachers to help them round out their staff for the upcoming school year.

The school system is actively recruiting for the next school year. Superintendent Dr. Franklin Perry says he hopes the bonuses will help bring new teachers into classrooms.

The school board approved a hiring bonus of $7,500 for new teachers in hard-to-fill areas, such as math, science and special education. This is an increase from the $5,000 bonus previously offered for these positions. The district also offers a $2,000 registration supplement for all other teaching positions.

New teachers must be properly certified. Dr. Perry says they have about 80 teaching positions to fill.

“We think we have to be competitive. In this area, we compete with all the surrounding school districts. We just want to try to get ahead of that,” Dr. Perry said.

New teachers must either accept three full years of teaching in math, science and special education, or two full years in all other subjects to receive the bonus.

The bonuses will take effect for the 2022-2023 school year.

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