Though Lincoln County said goodbye to 25 teachers last school year, the retirees made way for an even larger number of new local educators to try their hands at educating local children this year.
Seventy additional teachers were hired on for the 2012-2013 school year, according to Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Matthew Stover.
The funding for the new hires was a result of retirement and attrition from last year — slots that weren’t filled after teachers left the school system over the last few years.
As of last week, about 10 positions were still up for grabs. Instructors for subjects such as science, Exceptional Children and math, as well as middle school-level teachers with dual certifications were difficult spots to fill, as usual, Stover said, while there were quite a few applicants for K-6 positions this year.
As teachers prepare for new students and get lesson plans together for their groups, county Superintendent Sherry Hoyle, too, is making preparations and goals for the upcoming year.
Focusing on student learning in order to ensure students are college- and career-ready and making sure they are provided a safe and conducive environment for learners are a few of her objectives she plans on executing this fall, while continuing with strengths that have worked in the past.
Hoyle hopes to increase student achievement by “continuing to build collaborative relationships with parents, staff, community, businesses and higher education institutions,” she said.
The first day for students in Lincoln County is Aug. 27, except for those attending Lincoln Charter School, and county teachers, both of whom will head back to school on Monday.
For high school students, orientation sessions or open houses have been scheduled, with rules on which students should attend varying across the county:
East Lincoln High School — All ELHS grade levels are welcome to the student orientation, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Aug. 21, at the new gymnasium.
Lincolnton High School — LHS freshmen and new students will have an orientation, 2 to 4 p.m., Aug. 26.
North Lincoln High School — All NLHS students are welcome to an open house at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 23.
West Lincoln High School — Freshmen orientation will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Aug. 23, in the gymnasium.
Lincoln Charter School — Ninth-graders and new high school students attending the Denver campus will have an orientation at 7 p.m., Aug. 16. Sophomores and higher-level students at LCS will also have an orientation available to them, at 3 p.m., Aug. 18.