Goshen schools dealing with shortage in classified staff

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.

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Roe v. Wade


Everyone in the Administration building could take a route before they report at the Ad building each day. It's a Win-Win as they will experience first hand the joy that all the rest of the corporation employees from teachers to staff get to experience each day, all day.......the rest of us are all pulling 'double duty'.....


Hire some of those 32 people at Elkhart Schools that got paid above $100,000 last year. They shouldn't need them since the are consolidating high schools.


All fooling aside... maybe Goshen schools might want to pay a competitive wage. They are now paying about 3 dollars an hour under the average factory wage. If Goshen custodians are like Middlebury's, they have no representation for wage and working conditions. Why would someone want to work for $6200 less a year?

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