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CCSD superintendent addresses teacher, bus driver shortage

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Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky discusses teacher and bus driver shortages on Thursday, Aug. 14. (FOX5) Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky discusses teacher and bus driver shortages on Thursday, Aug. 14. (FOX5)
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Students will be back in classrooms in just 11 days, but the Clark County School District (CCSD) remains hundreds of teachers short. There's a bus driver shortage as well.

CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky addressed the district's woes at a school board meeting Thursday night and spoke at length with FOX5 about what's behind the shortage.

"We are still at approximately 600 openings right now, but we're doing everything we can to try to ensure that if we don't have qualified teachers that are licensed, then we will have substitutes in the buildings," Skorkowsky said.

Skorkowsky said the district anticipates hiring between 100 and 200 teachers before school starts on Aug. 25. Approximately 400 long-term substitutes will take up the slack.

Skorkowsky said the district's challenges are part of a nationwide shortage of teachers. Making things more difficult is the fact that only 35 percent of the district's new teachers can come from the Silver State.

"We have 65 percent that have to come from somewhere else. So right now in this difficult time when everybody is recruiting teachers, it makes it difficult to attract them to Las Vegas," Skorkowsky said.

The district also needs about 40 bus drivers. In fact, employees from other departments are obtaining commercial driver's licenses in order to operate buses on a temporary basis.

Skorkowsky said fewer college students are pursuing teaching degrees and the competition to hire qualified instructors is fierce.

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