BRADENTON -- The Manatee County School District is still searching for nearly 50 teachers, a chief financial officer, a director of safety and security and a litany of other positions.
The district's online site lists 116 open positions, including 50 instructional and 11 supervisory positions. Open bus driver positions are not included on the site, but the district is also short 10 substitute bus drivers, according to information provided this week.
In order to comply with the Florida class-size amendment, the district should have teachers in place by the third week of October when the student membership survey is conducted. Based on the five- and 10-day counts, the district underestimated student population by more than 1,100 students.
District officials are interviewing applicants for a chief financial officer and a director of safety and security, a newly created position. The director of safety and security is responsible for overseeing the district's highly contentious private security guard program.
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The Manatee County School Board on Tuesday approved hiring William Kelley as the director of risk management. Kelley's salary will be $91,400. He most recently served as the director of risk management for the University of Maine system, according to his resume. Kelley will be primarily responsible for handling the
worker's compensation fund and liability, as the director of risk management, said Don Hall, deputy superintendent of operations.
Kelley will also work with the director of safety and security to decrease situations that would lead to injury on the job.
Michael Boyer, the district's former chief financial officer, resigned in June, and Conley Weiss, a former CFO for St. Johns County School District, has served in the interim. The district is going through another round of interviews, after the last candidate withdrew.
"We'll be conducting those interviews," Hall told the board Tuesday. He said he expects to have a candidate for the board at the first meeting in October.
More than 40 applicants responded to the district's opening for the director of safety and security, Hall said. The district is beginning the initial screening process, and Hall said he expects to have a recommendation for that position during the board's second meeting in October.
"There was a very diverse field," Hall said.
Hall said he is unsure of the potential start dates for the new hires.
"Our goal is to get them on board as quickly as possible," Hall said.
In addition to the leadership positions, the district is still hiring to fill positions to accommodate increased student enrollment. The district will face financial penalties if it does not comply with the class-size amendment.
According to state statute, districts that have not complied with class-size requirements must submit a class-size compliance plan by Feb. 1. The plan must be certified by the district school board, and must describe specific actions the district will take to fully comply with class-size requirements by October of the following school year.
"Interviews are being conducted at all school levels this week," said district spokesman Steve Valley.
The district's Human Resources Department adjusted its walk-in schedule to handle the additional traffic. Walk-ins are welcome from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Meghin Delaney, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081. Follow her on Twitter @MeghinDelaney.