394 professional personnel postings have been made for 2013-14 Berkeley County school year

July 20, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Perhaps it is fitting that a second-grade teaching position posted for the 2013-14 school year at Hedgesville (W.Va.) Elementary School attracted more applicants than any other job posted so far.

The elementary school was among 10 schools across the state to be named a 2013-14 West Virginia School of Excellence in May.

“It’s great news for good work,” Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Manny P. Arvon said of the honor at last week’s school board meeting. 

While each elementary-level teaching job posted for Berkeley County Schools typically nets 90 to 120 applications, the second grade position at Hedgesville Elementary netted 133 applications, said Justin L. Schooley, associate superintendent for Berkeley County Schools.

The high volume of applications received for elementary teaching jobs is due to supply-and-demand factors, Schooley said.

The Hedgesville Elementary position is among 394 professional personnel postings and actions that have been made so far for the 2013-14 school year, according to figures Schooley released last week.

By last week’s transfer deadline, 181 Berkeley County Schools professional personnel moved from the position they held in the 2012-13 school year to a new position for the coming school year. That figure included 43 teachers, administration and professional support staff who transferred to the new Spring Mills (W.Va.) High School, which opens in August.

The new school triggered a ripple effect of transfers throughout the county, school officials said last week.

At least some of those who transferred likely made the move to reduce their commute, Arvon said.

In addition to the transfer moves, another 22 teachers who are new to Berkeley County were hired for positions at the new high school, Schooley said.

The school system has hired 150 new professional personnel so far for the coming school year, Schooley said. Two of 38 positions that still were open as of Friday are at the new high school, Schooley said.

The new hires are helping fill some of the vacancies created by the retirement of more than 70 employees in the last year, officials said.

Among the new hires, 94 were from West Virginia, followed by 35 from Pennsylvania and nine from Virginia, according to the human resources data that Schooley released.

A lot of those hired from Pennsylvania are for special-education jobs, Arvon said. There is a lot of opportunity to get special-education certification in Pennsylvania, he said.

Other new hires are from Maryland (six), North Carolina (three), New York (two) and Ohio (one), and nine came from the substitute teacher list, Schooley said.

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