CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - Technically, it is not an overseas trip, but Chambersburg Area School District officials are in Puerto Rico this week on a recruiting trip to fill the district's need for more Spanish-speaking teachers and instructors in other subject areas.
Human Resources Director William Hodge and Spanish teacher Alex Ramos went to the U.S. territory to recruit graduates from the University of Puerto Rico and attend a job fair. Superintendent Joseph Padasak told the school board about the recruiting trip Wednesday.
"People are not falling into our laps," Padasak said of the district's efforts to fill openings for math, science and special education, areas where the district is on a No Child Left Behind "watch list" because some subgroups of students have failed to meet proficiency standards.
The district needs to hire teachers in those subjects, and "aggressively recruit" black and Hispanic teachers, he said.
The district has a minority student population of 17 percent, and this year, for the first time, Hispanic students outnumber black students, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Eric Michael said.