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Schools need 530 teachers

Photo by Michael Buckelew

Photo by Michael Buckelew

SUWANEE -- Gwinnett County Public Schools will need to hire about 530 teachers for the upcoming school year, the chief human resources officer told the Gwinnett County Board of Education this week.

In a monthly personnel report, Frances Davis told the board the district has already hired 359 teachers for the 2011-12 school year. Of those, 214 are new hires, 126 are part-year rehires and 19 are retiree rehires.

Teachers who are hired on a part-year contract -- those who start working after the beginning of school -- are not guaranteed contracts for the next school year, according to state law.

Davis said the district has found positions for all 317 teachers who were displaced from their jobs when schools received new personnel allotments for the upcoming school year. As of Thursday, 13 classified employees who serve in support positions were still displaced.

The new hires will be necessary to accommodate growth and to fill positions vacated through normal attrition. The district currently has 35 vacancies, but that number is expected to grow as employees decide to retire, leave the district or go on leave during the summer, spokesman Jorge Quintana said.

A total of 98 teachers were recommended for non-renewal during the 2010-11 school year, Quintana said. Teachers' contracts are recommended for non-renewal for performance reasons. Of those, 85 chose to resign, and 13 teachers were let go.