Like almost everywhere, the Alcorn School District is now hiring.

Superintendent Brandon Quinn reported personnel concerns to Board of Education members on Monday night.

Quinn said since September nine certified teachers have either retired, resigned, or been removed from the district. He said another 13 non-certified personnel also left the district in that period. What’s worst – the district currently has 40 certified teachers that are eligible for retirement.

“Since January, I have been blessed with the opportunity to be in this position, but during that time we have come across several concerns and one of those is personnel,” Quinn said. “I feel like I’m not doing my job if I don’t share the issues we are having in the district.”

There are currently two open positions for physics, two open positions for math, two open positions for special education and one open position for elementary education.

Quinn said the pool of new teachers remains small in numbers.

“Sadly, we don’t have enough students coming out of college with education degrees,” he said. “We have reached out to Blue Mountain College, and they are only graduating four education students this year. We have also checked with the Mississippi universities and they just don’t have the folks graduating right now, either.”

A few changes have been made to help accommodate some of the personnel issues in the district.

Quinn said Spanish teachers are broadcasting their classes at Alcorn Central High School and Kossuth High School virtually to students at Biggersville High School.

There’s also a plan in place to hire a retired physics teacher to teach virtually to all three campuses from a converted classroom at the district office.

“We have to think outside the box on this,” added Quinn. “This is happening across the country and we have to just move forward and figure it out together.”

About 50 people attended the meeting Monday with many present to honor the quality teachers currently in the district.

Teachers of the Year were honored from every school at Alcorn Central, Kossuth and Biggersville, Alcorn Career and Technology Center and Alternative School. Principals presented each of the honored teachers, who got rounds of applause for their dedicated service.

For the first time ever, the Alcorn School District named an Administrator of the Year. Both the honored administrator and District-wide Teacher of the Year got $500 checks from the newly-formed Alcorn School District Education Foundation.

Note: Watch for more information the honors in future Daily Corinthian print editions.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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