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A look at staffing shortages in Tri-City schools

Local4 News reached out to school districts in the Tri-Cities to find out how their resignation numbers compare with one another.
Published: Apr. 26, 2022 at 12:17 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - In response to the release of survey results that hinted at staff shortages, Grand Island Public Schools held a press conference last Monday where they informed the media of their 122 certified staff resignations during this academic year alone.

These resignations make up 13.6% of GIPS’s overall certified staff members.

Local4 News reached out to Kearney Public Schools and Hastings Public Schools to find out how these numbers compare with one another.

HPS was sitting just a bit higher than GIPS, with 14.6% of their total certified staff members putting in their resignation for the upcoming school year.

KPS had the lowest percentage at 7.2% in certified staff resignations.

When looking specifically at teacher shortages, this year’s Nebraska Department of Education Teacher Vacancy Report Summary shows that Central Nebraska districts and systems ranked at the top for having the most unfilled and vacant positions out of all the regions in the state.

In the report, it stated that the top two reasons participating Nebraska schools responded they were seeing unfilled positions were because they had no applicants or had no fully qualified applicants for available positions.

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