GOSHEN — A shortage of classified staff has impacted Goshen Community Schools for the 2018-19 school year.
School board members were informed Monday that as the 2017-18 school year comes to a close, the district is experiencing several vacancies and anticipates significant shortages in some areas of classified staffing for the coming school year.
According to school documents, there are currently 38 vacancies for classified staffing, which include positions such as paraprofessionals, bus drivers, custodians, food and nutrition service staff and maintenance and grounds and more.
Tamra Ummel, GCS assistant superintendent of human resources and professional development, specifically noted the corporation’s struggle in finding bus drivers.
Right now, the corporation is down five bus drivers for the start of the coming school year
“Obviously if we can’t get the students to school, that’s a huge dilemma,” she said.
“I envision having computer stations available for people to apply online if they don’t have access to a computer at home,” she said. “We’re going to try and do everything we can do to advertise and get as many people as possible into the building.”
Alan Metcalfe, assistant superintendent of elementary education, also addressed the corporation’s issues with transportation.
“We’re already doubling buses, where we were having one bus do two routes, or dividing one route up between two other buses that already have kids on it,” he said. “We also have a couple schools where kids are dropped off early and then the bus goes back out to pick up more and bring them back.”
To combat the situation, Ummel said the corporation will hold a classified job fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 28 at the GCS administration building, 613 E. Purl St., Goshen.
At the job fair, Ummel said there will be many classified managers on hand to greet people and the corporation’s human resources staff will also be available.
Retirees who are looking for a part-time job are also urged to attend and apply for a position, Metcalfe said.