Teaching vacancies at Santa Fe Public Schools are in line with previous years, even amid the coronavirus pandemic.
But the district is still struggling to find enough teachers to volunteer to reenter schools under a hybrid learning model it will implement later this month.
The district reported 21 teaching vacancies affecting 11 elementary, community and middle schools, and no principal or assistant principal openings Wednesday. Only one school had more than two openings, with Ortiz Middle School reporting seven as the first quarter of the year comes to a close Friday.
Superintendent Veronica García said the figure is on par with the average number of openings the district has had over the past several years.
“The numbers vary and the reasons vary,” García said. “We’ve worked hard at recruitment and retention, but this seems to have been our range as far as vacancies this year.”
Of the openings, six involved