DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - The Dougherty County School System will host a three-day orientation for teachers new to the system starting on Thursday.
The district is welcoming around 70 new faces. During teacher orientation, these new teachers have an opportunity to learn the system's culture and processes.
Last year, Dougherty County dealt with a teacher shortage.
The system had dozens of open teaching positions just before the start of school year.
DCSS spokesperson J.D. Sumner said the system is well ahead of filling their vacancies this year than they were at this time last year.
He credits that success to a year-round recruitment plan.
"We are working to change the culture here in the district to be a place where teachers want to be," he said, "and that's something that the word is getting out about. When you're successful, people want to be part of your team. They want to go somewhere where they feel valued and where they feel they can make an impact."
Sumner said the district is also working with closely with area universities like Albany State and Georgia Southwestern to recruit teachers. He said the schools also work closely with the business community. They're asking more businesses to offer discounts to show support for teachers.
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