MARTINSBURG, W. Va. - Eastern Panhandle schools could be facing a teacher shortage as they try to deal with an enrollment boom over the next 12 years, according to a statewide teachers study.
A study by the Charleston-based Education Alliance predicts nearly one-third of West Virginia's teachers will retire between now and 2010.
While most of the state's school districts will be able to offset some of those losses with expected declines in student enrollment, the Eastern Panhandle school districts of Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties are anticipating hikes in student enrollment.
According to the Tomorrows Teachers, The Future Supply and Demand for West Virginia Teachers: 1998-2010 study, the following is predicted over the next 12 years for the Eastern Panhandle:
* Berkeley County is expected to add about 2,300 students, bringing the district's total enrollment up to 14,614. The district could also be forced to replace 225 teachers eligible for retirement by the year 2010.