Education Commissioner Rita A. Sablan, Ed.D., praised yesterday the Public School System’s recruitment efforts after it successfully filled all 31 teaching positions that became vacant at the end of the school year.
However, a few more teachers are still needed, this time to occupy newly vacated post in some schools, she said.
“We have actually processed 31 employment contracts of teachers that we needed for the district. But because we recently lost a few teachers who resigned at the end of this summer, we need to hire a few more for their replacement…and that’s ongoing,” Sablan told Saipan Tribune yesterday after facilitating a daylong leadership institute for school administrators and program managers at Pacific Islands Club.
She said the 31 newly hired teachers will replace those who resigned before the summer period. She could not immediately say how many positions were recently vacated but said that majority are for Saipan schools.
At Saipan Southern High School, two teachers had just resigned and one did on Tinian, she said.
Classes in public schools will open on Sept. 3.
Last school year, PSS only had a little over 400 classroom teachers. The same number is expected this new school year, 2013-2014.
The hiring of additional teachers is contingent upon the new budget that will be allocated to PSS in fiscal year 2014. The budget remains pending at the Legislature.
At yesterday’s leadership workshop, Sablan pointed out the importance of the three Rs: recruitment, renewal, and retention.
She disclosed that the human resource office is tasked to submit a comprehensive employment services plan by the end of school year 2013-2014, for the approval of the Board of Education.
Also briefly discussed were the incentive options eyed for employees, among other benefits and rewards.
Saipan Tribune learned that many teachers quit their jobs at the end of the school year due to relocation, retirement, and a few resignations.
Meantime, Sablan could not make an enrollment projection at this time as registration has been extended until the first week of school opening. However, she cited the 5-percent enrollment hike trend at PSS.
Public schools had over 10,000 students from kindergarten to high school last school year.