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Rockdale and Newton schools search for new staff members

CONYERS – Although the school year is already underway, both Rockdale County Public Schools and the Newton County School System have several classified and certified positions open.

From teachers to administrators to custodians to bus drivers, RCPS and NCSS are looking to fill a wide range of positions at both their schools and central offices. Enrollment figures that are greater than previously estimated have played a role in the new needs, especially in the teaching field.

“Our enrollment numbers were higher than what we expected,” said Nyree Sanders, director of Human Resources for NCSS.

According to information from the NCSS website, there are currently eight teaching positions available at Alcovy High. These include health care science, math, language arts, science and special education paraprofessional positions, as well as two long-term special education substitute teachers. Alcovy is also on the lookout for a new assistant principal.

As of Aug. 7, Alcovy had a total of 1,965 students enrolled. This is an increase of more than 100 students compared to the 1,822 students who were enrolled at the school this time last year.

Along with the positions at Alcovy, Sanders added that NCSS has numerous new middle and special education positions throughout the school system. Veterans Memorial Middle has four positions open, including a social studies teacher and a foreign language teacher. Clements Middle is also on the hunt for a foreign language teacher, along with a math teacher.

RCPS also has assorted jobs it is looking to fill. The school system’s website has positions such as an English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) tutor, a foundation administrator and two central office intels listed.

Cindy Ball, Community Relations director, stated that the school system is especially looking for qualified bus drivers. RCPS offers commercial driver license training, which means that CDL certification is not required prior to submitting an application.

Elementary school-level paraprofessionals are also needed for Flat Shoals and Shoal Creek, in addition to a sign language interpreter at Conyers Middle.

“To apply for a position that requires a teaching certificate, applicants should visit teachgeorgia.org to submit an application,” said Laura Whiddon, RCPS director of Human Resources. “For non-teaching positions, applicants should visit our district website to submit an application. The supervisor of the position will contact the most qualified candidates to interview, check references, and make a recommendation to the human resources department to complete the hiring process.”

Links to applications can be found on both school systems’ websites, www.rockdale.k12.ga.us and www.newtoncountyschools.org.