Teachers line up for last minute job fair in Baton Rouge
BATON ROUGE - It was announced only a couple of days ago, but word of the job fair still spread.
"I just graduated actually from Michigan, so I decided to come down here. I was physical education major and I graduated in may," says Taylor Turcott.
Dozens of new teachers and seasoned educators showed up for interviews to try and get hired for one of the more than sixty positions now suddenly open in the East Baton Rouge Parish School system because of recent resignations.
"I would love to be in an elementary education position grades 1-5," says Estrelita Fletcher.
Classes start in less than two days, leading some to hire on the spot. Northeast High School Principal Brian Levatino was able to fill a position at the fair.
"Whew it's a relief. It's nice to know that when we get into the first day we're gonna have a teacher in every classroom," said Levatino.
Despite the haste, school administrators say they are by no means lowering their standards.
"It's all about that feel for their ability to manage the classroom and content knowledge, and their knowledge of the new standards coming out from the state and what we're trying to do," says Levatino.
School leaders say at least 15 new teachers were hired today.
According to organizers, all who attended the fair have already passed thorough background checks,have certification, or are in the process of becoming certified.