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Manatee School Board makes offers to more than 60 at job fair

A school bus parked outside of Manatee Technical College on Thursday advertised open bus driver positions.
A school bus parked outside of Manatee Technical College on Thursday advertised open bus driver positions. mdelaney@bradenton.com

Looking to fill vacancies in time for the start of the school year in August, the Manatee County School District held a job fair, looking for employees in the district’s “support” departments.

The district’s transportation, food service, maintenance and operations departments set up booths inside Manatee Technical College on Thursday, looking to fill all sorts of vacancies. The district previously held a job fair looking for teachers, but the end of June is better for those in the support departments, said chief support services officer Sandra Ford.

“This is closer to when they’d actually start,” she said.

As of about 11:30 a.m., midway through the job fair, almost 60 applicants had been given provisional offers of employment, with the Food and Nutrition Services department leading the way. Some of the support areas were looking for applicants to work evening shifts or required specific certifications, which can be harder to fill.

Todd Henson, director of maintenance and operations, was looking to fill a number of positions, including grounds, maintenance, HVAC, carpenter and new members for the pest control team.

Henson said the district’s integrated pest control program is one of the models in the state, and they are working with the University of Florida’s program.

“We’re considered leaders in the state on pest management,” Henson said.

The job fair was set up so applicants could fill out all their information and be drug-tested and fingerprinted in one spot. Many of the support jobs require a physical clearance from a doctor. So once all the results come in, Ford said, the jobs will be finalized.

The human resources department helped with the support services directors.

“The process is really organized,” Ford said.

Meghin Delaney: 941-745-7081, @MeghinDelaney

To see more job openings at the Manatee County School District, visit manateeschools.net.

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