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Schools hire 541 teachers for new year

Photo by Tori Boone

Photo by Tori Boone

SUWANEE -- Gwinnett County Public Schools has hired 541 teachers to kick off the school year Aug. 8, according to a recent report.

Frances Davis, the district's chief human resources officer, shared the numbers with the board and staff members at Thursday's work session.

As of Thursday night, the number included 278 new hires, 199 part-year rehires and 64 retiree rehires.

Part-year hires are those who started last year after the first day of school.

School officials have said the new hires were necessary to accommodate growth and to fill positions vacated through attrition.

In March, the system had 423 teachers who were displaced from their jobs when schools received new personnel allotments for the upcoming school year.

As of Thursday, the list was down to two classified employees.

"We feel really good about this process," Davis said. "We do want to thank our principals and area superintendents for supporting us in getting our people placed, so they know exactly where they're going to begin the school year."

New teacher orientation is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Monday at Peachtree Ridge High School, where employees will listen to guest speakers and learn more about the system.