GIPS struggling to fill job vacancies weeks before school starts

Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 6:41 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Compared to years past, Grand Island Public Schools (GIPS) has nearly double the amount of job vacancies just a week before school starts.

The department has been struggling to find qualified candidates. Right now they’ve got 40 job openings across various departments including 15 full-time and part-time teaching positions. GIPS Chief Human Capital Manager Kristen Irey believes the state’s unemployment rate and an unprecedented amount of people retiring plays a role.

“A lot of people are leaving education by retirement, by attrition for whatever reasons, so it’s a multi-faceted approach to how we have to reach new people,” Irey said.

The district is having to get creative on how they recruit new employees.

“Part of what we’re doing is we’re reaching out with more resources, as far as, using social media campaigns,” Irey said. “We’re starting to advertise much more on Facebook. We’re going to be using resources like Twitter and various opportunities to reach out more people.”

People interested in working for GIPS can head over to their website to apply.

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