POSTED: Friday, August 16, 2013 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Friday, August 16, 2013 - 11:14am
Longview, TX — A record number of transfer students has contributed to what some Longview ISD officials believe is the largest-ever group of new teachers to go through orientation this week at Hudson Pep Elementary.
While some of the 118 new hires will fill the shoes of retirees or those who left the district for personal reasons, the majority will teach additional classes created to accommodate 439 out-of-district students approved so far this fall.
The district accepts transfer applications throughout the year so those numbers will increase, said school district spokesman Adam Holland.
District officials reported 364 students approved for transfer at this same time last year, with a record 8,843 enrollment for the 2012-13 school year.
“We are growing, and with more students you need more instructors,” Holland said.
Paperwork for three more new teachers rested on the desk of LISD Human Resources Director Loretta Thompson Martin Wednesday afternoon.
“We’ve added quite a few positions this year. I can’t think of any campus where there’s not at least one new teaching position,” she said.
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