With less than two months until the fall semester begins, Bryan and College Station Independent School District administrators are busy hiring new teachers.
The Bryan ISD employment web site listed 80 unfilled positions in the first week of July. Even more unfilled jobs were listed on the College Station ISD web site.
“We’ve had a normal number of openings. They fluctuate. There may be 50 today and only 20 by tomorrow,” said Sandy Farris, Bryan ISD Communications Director.
Both Bryan ISD and College Station ISD have higher than average teacher turnover rates, according to Texas Education Agency statistics. In 2011, the average teacher turnover rate in Texas was 11.5 percent. The average teacher turnover rate for Bryan ISD was 13.4 percent, and College Station ISD was 13.2 percent in 2011.
“We have a lot of teachers whose spouses were students at A&M. When they graduate, they move away. Then we have openings,” said Farris. Farris says that is why many Bryan ISD teachers tend to leave after one to five years.
A high teacher turnover rate is nothing new for school districts in this college town, but a major concern is finding enough bus drivers and substitute teachers for the 2012-2013 school year.