School system to hold job fair on Saturday

COVINGTON - The Newton County School System is holding its annual teacher job fair on Saturday for certified teachers interested in working at one of Newton County's 21 public schools.

The fair will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Eastside High School, 10245 Eagle Dr. in Covington.

The school system is looking for certified teachers or those eligible to be certified, not substitute teachers, to fill positions for the upcoming 2008-09 school year.

"The school system will need to fill vacancies created due to retirements and resignations, as well as newly created positions," according to a press release from NCSS. "In addition, the school system will also be recruiting teachers for a new elementary school (on Salem Road, South Salem Elementary) scheduled to open in August."

NCSS is made up of about 1,300 teachers and a total of about 2,600 employees, according to Deborah Robertson, associate superintendent for administrative services at NCSS. She said different types of positions are available at all levels.

Principals and other school representatives will be on hand with information about their schools and will be able to answer questions interested applicants may have. Interested teachers will be able to talk to officials from several schools, rather than only one.

"Teachers apply to the system, and at the job fair those who have teaching certificates will be interviewed according to their field or fields of certification," said Glorianne Patterson, acting director of Human Resources for NCSS. "If they are elementary certified, for example, they may interview with several elementary schools who may have openings."

Applicants should have several copies of their resume, teaching certificate or certification of eligibility letters and also may bring a completed application, which can be downloaded from www.newtoncountyschools.org, Patterson said.

"This information will be reviewed by the HR Department personnel to make sure they are eligible for interviews by the principal," she said. "If so, they will proceed to the interviewing area, and I'm sure the principals will be delighted to see whatever they wish to bring with them, such as portfolios, recommendations, etc."

"Some (school representatives) will conduct brief interviews and request the candidate to come back for an interview at the school site; others may offer a contingency contract at the job fair for areas such as special education and other critical areas," Robertson said. "You never know when a position will come open, and if the principal has already talked with them, and they have an application on file, it will be to the applicant's advantage."

After the job fair, candidates' applications and resumes will go on file, where they are kept for at least six months, Robertson said. She said principals will contact only applicants who are the "best fit" for an opening.

"We are excited to show off Newton County and are looking forward to having new applicants visit with us and see what Newton County has to offer," Patterson said. "We look forward to visiting with teachers who are interested in coming to the fair."

She said those who cannot attend Saturday's fair can submit an application to the central office Human Resources Department.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.

SideBar: If you go

· What: Newton County School System teacher job fair

· When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

· Where: Eastside High School, 10245 Eagle Drive, Covington

· More Information: www.newtoncountyschools.org