Williamson County Schools offering signing bonuses at teacher hiring events


Williamson County Schools offering signing bonuses at teacher hiring events

WILLIAMSON COUNTY SCHOOLS

Williamson County Schools is now hiring for teacher positions at schools across the district, and is offering signing bonuses for those who make the cut.

Those interested in working for WCS will have two upcoming opportunities to meet with administrators.

Meet and Greet – February 19

The first one will take place Tuesday, Feb. 19, as Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney hosts a meet and greet in Franklin. This event will take place from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Williamson County Professional Development Center which is located at 1761 West Main Street.

Teachers who are hired for certain hard-to-fill positions will earn a $2,000 sign-on bonus plus an additional $1,500 “hard to fill” bonus. These positions include high school math, high school chemistry, physics, Spanish, special education, speech language pathologists and school psychologists.

Teachers hired for all other positions at this event will earn a $1,000 sign-on bonus.

“The district has provided hard-to-fill bonuses in previous years, but not true sign-on bonus,” School system spokeswoman Carol Birdsong said.

Interested applicants must register beforehand. The deadline to register is Thursday, February, 14.

District-wide Career Fair – March 2

Williamson County Schools will also host its annual District-wide Career Fair for teachers Saturday, March 2, at Centennial High School.

Representatives from schools and departments will be there to answer questions and meet potential employees.

“All 48 of our school administrators will be in attendance,” WCS Human Resources Recruiter David Harries said. “Very seldom do you get to meet building administrators and discuss possible opportunities outside of an interview process.”

The career fair will run from 9 a.m. until noon. WCS is looking to fill teaching positions at various schools, including the new elementary school scheduled to open in the fall.

“We are encouraging candidates from all over the country to come visit,” Harries said. “This event allows them to visit WCS and learn what one of the best districts in the state of Tennessee has to offer.”

Attendees should dress professionally and bring their resumes. Contracts are offered the day of the event, and hiring bonuses are available for hard-to-fill positions.

Birdsong said growth in the county is driving the need to hire.

“With the constant growth of the district, the need for teachers continues to grow,” she said. “Williamson County Schools hire on average around 350 new teachers a year. That will continue to grow as the county grows.”

A separate career fair will be held in the summer for non-teaching positions.

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