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Salary, schools' reputation drew new teachers to Washington County

February 06, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

New teachers to Washington County Public Schools based their decision to teach locally in part on the reputation of the district and salary, according to a report presented Tuesday during a Board of Education business meeting.

Other reasons included the teachers' desire to work for a "school system dedicated to excellence, professional development and growth opportunities," Assistant Director of Human Resources Donna Newcomer said.

Nearly 200 new teachers were hired for the current school year, and of those 91 (45.7 percent) had less than one year of experience, she said. Fifty-eight new teachers (29.1 percent) had between one and five years of experience, and 50 teachers (25.1 percent) had more than five years of experience.

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