Mississippi public schools list 2,100-plus job vacancies

Published 10:02 am Tuesday, June 26, 2018

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi public schools are looking for more than 2,100 employees before school starts in August.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that administrators across the state report trouble finding enough teachers, nurses, bus drivers and other employees.

Columbia Superintendent Jason Harris says administrators of Gulf Coast districts recently discussed the need to better recruit and retain teachers.

Email newsletter signup

Sign up for The Vicksburg Post's free newsletters

Check which newsletters you would like to receive
  • Vicksburg News: Sent daily at 5 am
  • Vicksburg Sports: Sent daily at 10 am
  • Vicksburg Living: Sent on 15th of each month

The newspaper reports that the 30 districts in northeast Mississippi have fewer job openings, on average, than districts elsewhere in the state.

The National Education Association found that the average starting salary for teachers in Mississippi was $34,780 in 2016-2017. That was $3,837 below the national average.

Tupelo superintendent Rob Picou says rural schools struggle recruiting young teachers. When Picou worked in Alaska, he says even high salaries couldn’t overcome that obstacle.