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WBR narrows teacher shortage to 7 positions

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Posted: Jul 28, 2014 5:54 PM by Russell Jones, Alexa Vogue
Updated: Jul 28, 2014 5:54 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: teacher shortage, west baton rouge parish, west baton rouge schools

PORT ALLEN - Administrators in West Baton Rouge Parish said they're making headway on plugging the holes left in their school system after dozens of teachers retired, quit, or changed positions.

Superintendent Wesley Watts said Monday that after shuffling around their existing staff the school district made 42 position changes, and now have only seven positions that still need to be filled.

Watts said they're also in the process of interviewing candidates for some of those final positions this week.

The Louisiana Federation of Teachers said the shortage is most likely a combination of Common Core frustration, a spike in retirements and the change in administration. Watts takes over for former Superintendent David Corona this school year. LFT said other districts in the state are dealing with similar shortages for many of the same reasons.

Classes begin in West Baton Rouge Parish Aug. 11.

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