Wall BOE Hires String Of Teachers For All-Virtual School

WALL, NJ – The Wall Township School District recently hired several new teachers to help alleviate staffing issues within the district amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Eight new teachers were recently approved to join the district, with six slated to teach at the all-virtual elementary school and two set to teach at Central Elementary School, according to meeting documents. 19 staffers were also approved leaves of absence due to child care and medical reasons, alongside one resignation.

According to Superintendent Dr. Tracy Handerhan, the eight hires are not the only educators slated to teach the all-virtual school: “The all-virtual teachers are a combination of seasoned teachers, of Wall Township teachers, and new hires,” the superintendent said.

The special meeting held on Sept. 10 also saw three new support staff hires, as well as the hiring of one new substitute teacher at the elementary school level.

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Most candidates running for Washington County Board of Education seats agree that online distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic will help students meet an uncertain future.

In the spring, students met the challenges of going from in-person to virtual learning, the candidates said during a Thursday forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Washington County.

The candidates said students continue to meet those challenges.

“We’re experiencing it now because we’ve had to make a major shift due to COVID,” incumbent board member Pieter Bickford said. “It wasn’t perfect in the spring, but we’ve certainly made some major improvements in the fall. I think we’re going to see some benefits once schools get back to normal. The things we’re doing today will never change.”

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