DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - A little more than a month before school goes back into session, the Dougherty County School System still needs to hire dozens of teachers.
The school system educates more than 16,000 students.
There are 43 teaching positions open in the school system. Overall the schools employ roughly 2,600 people.
Sydreeka White is a mother of three, and those children are enrolled in three different schools in the DCSS.
"I love the school system.. they teach our kids," said White.
Her kids look forward to the upcoming year, but she worries whether her kids will have consistent and certified teachers.
"I would like to have qualified teachers. With no real teachers how are they going to learn what they need to know," said White.
School system spokesman JD Sumner said the number of openings changes weekly.
"43 of 2600 while unacceptable, is sometimes pretty frequently the case," he said.
He said they are working to fill the positions, but if they can't by the first day of school, long-term subs will fill in.
White feels that would hinder students' learning.
"I really do think it's going to be a problem. They're not qualified teacher so there is going to be a lot of stuff they are going to miss," said White.
Sumner said some of the positions could be filled by retired teachers can be hired back on a year-to-year basis.
As of right now, the school system is still working to attract teachers to the area.
"Getting people down into southwest Georgia can be a challenge, but we have a lot of great things here and usually if we can get them in and get them down here, they want to stay," said Sumner.
Sumner said they will continue to try to decrease that number as we get closer to August 2nd.