As teachers headed to Raleigh Wednesday for the rally, Onslow County Schools held a job fair to recruit more educators to the district.
The county has 150 teacher vacancies, about 50 of those which are due to the K-3 class size restrictions that will be taking affect next year.
School Board leaders said they’re worried about filling the positions and competing against other counties, especially as the topic of teacher pay is on the horizon.
The School Board is not planning to increase pay next year; however, they hope the 10 percent local supplement will help attract teachers here.
The county also faces a high turnover rate because of the presence of the military.
On average, teachers stay between three to four years.
“It’s kind of a blessing and a curse,” said Barry Collins, associate superintendent. “The curse is that we get folks in here, and they usually stay for three or four years and then because of the military orders they have to leave. But the blessing is there are others who come in.”
At the job fair, the county is also hiring for bus drivers, cafeteria workers and other jobs.