July 24, 2014 — The end of Summer vacation is fast approaching which means school is almost back in session, and Lafayette Parish School System is doing all it can to make sure there are enough qualified teachers for the start of the school year.
Superintendent Dr.Pat Cooper says the LPSS will declare a critical shortage of teachers which will allow them to hire retired teachers who can fill up to 40 to 50 vacant slots. We caught up with Superintendent Dr.Pat Cooper who says tax payers have contributed to a fund for reasons like this and now should be a time to use it.
"If you're a young teacher, you want a stable job and make sure that you have job security. As we have made an offer they have declined us because they are not sure about what's going to happen."said Dr.Cooper.
"It's left things in some what of a turmoil. We've got a whole lot of money here that tax payers have put into Lafayette Parish Schools we seem to be hoarding. I still haven't quite found out who's kids we are saving that money for."
With school staring on August 12th Dr.Cooper says the teacher vacancy is in large part due to the lack of an adopted budget which is not up for vote until August 27th.
A big question for most teachers is job security,and until a budget is passed Cooper feels many teachers will stay away, but Dr.Cooper ensures the administrations ultimate goal is to provide the students of Lafayette Parish with the most qualified teachers.