CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Only a few teaching positions remain vacant for the 2009-10 school year in Franklin and Fulton counties, where cash-strapped school districts are trying to shift current employees to new positions.
Although the Chambersburg Area School District is advertising for a language arts/social studies teacher, applicants not currently employed by the district might find themselves at a disadvantage.
"When we have vacancies, we're looking at other positions internally to fill," district spokeswoman Sylvia Rockwood said.
Chambersburg district officials already committed to finding employees that can transfer to open positions. Now, with the Pennsylvania General Assembly not yet passing a full budget, they're ramping up efforts to save money as aid checks are delayed.
"Every day, we're looking at ways to fill from within," Rockwood said.
Reading and technology specialists are already being transitioned into classroom positions, she said.
Since June 1, the district, which employs about 613 teachers, has received 120 applications for vacancies, Rockwood said.