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Lakeview Community Schools in Columbus hopes to hire a number of new teachers to expand its staff as the district moves forward with the addition of Shell Creek Elementary School.

In November, the school board accepted BD Construction as part of Columbus’ $ 2.47 million offer to build six additional classrooms on the existing Shell Creek Elementary School building, 16786 280th St. in Columbus.

The addition will allow Lakeview to expand the district’s preschool capacity and add Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, and Grade 3 sections over time. At the last school board meeting on Monday evening, school officials discussed the need for additional staff to accompany the new classes.

“What we talked about doing for (the) 2022-2023 (school year) was the addition of a preschool, a para preschool, a kindergarten, a para-kindergarten, a first-grade teacher and a … week), ”Superintendent Aaron Plas said at Monday’s meeting.“ … We’d like to start advertising these in late December or at the beginning of January and have them finished at the end of January or the beginning of February. “

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Plas explained how the district hopes to cover the cost of the additional staff.

“The para preschool / preschool that we think we can do … teacher that would be under our normal general fund,” Plas said.

Plas said the plan would be to add second and third grade teachers in the 2023-2024 school year.

However, Lakeview Junior-Senior High School Principal Steve Borer admitted that the pool of new graduates was small.

“We were lucky to find some really good ones in a thin pool… but you don’t get a lot of numbers,” Borer said.

Plas said there were 950,000 people enrolled in an educational college nationwide in 2010.

“And in 2018, there were 600,000, and that (report) is what we’re seeing in the state,” Plas said. “… The number of vacancies in the state (of Nebraska) in 2010 was 50, and last year it was 340. And that’s not all in Omaha, there are schools in our region who (are struggling) to fill positions. “

Plas added that the district has struggled to find enough replacements this year, more so than in the past.

“It’s been difficult, from a submarine perspective. We’ve done a lot better than some places, but it’s been a lot worse this year than in the past when it comes to getting submarines,” he said. declared Plas.

He said some of the submarines the district has relied on in the past have taken jobs elsewhere this year.

“One potential option is to (turn) that two-fifths physical education teacher … into a full-time position and have them three days a week as a replacement,” Plas said.

The board gave Plas the green light to go ahead with this idea.

Molly Hunter is a reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Contact her by email at [email protected]

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