Letters to the editor — Thursday (2-19-15)

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 19, 2015

System takes new approach to teacher recruitment

We are excited at the Rowan-Salisbury Schools to be on the move in attracting and employing teachers in our incredible district.

As defined in our strategic plan, recruiting and retaining qualified employees is a system priority. It was recently announced that, through the generosity of local philanthropist Fred Stanback and in partnership with Catawba College, we will be offering a tuition-free opportunity for approximately 20 teachers to complete a masters in education degree at Catawba College.

As we continue on this forward movement, our most recent and immediate focus is to attract highly qualified math, science and Exceptional Children teachers to our innovative district in a unique approach. Rowan-Salisbury administrators are establishing partnerships with 47 universities across North Carolina and we are sharing with them the extraordinary teaching and learning transformations that are happening every day in our classrooms.

The staff at the Rowan-Salisbury Schools are making dramatic changes and investments in the education of our students. We are inviting future teachers to come visit our schools and experience our community’s unique arts, parks, dining and theaters, and are excited to announce that from Feb. 27 to March 1, Rowan-Salisbury will be hosting an all-paid recruitment weekend for highly qualified graduates in the math, science and Exceptional Children programs.

This innovative recruitment weekend is also made possible through the generosity of Fred Stanback.

The weekend agenda includes visiting district schools, dinning at local restaurants, viewing a play at the Lee Street Theater and visiting the Lazy 5 Ranch. We are excited about hosting this first-time event and we are sure that the student-teachers will not only enjoy their weekend experience, but will want to join our Rowan-Salisbury family.

For more information, contact the Rowan-Salisbury HR Department at: 704-630-6080.

— Kristi Rhone

The writer is executive director for human resources with the Rowan-Salisbury Schools.