Southern W.Va. school districts still struggling to fill teaching positions

By Greg Jordan, Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PRINCETON — Finding enough certified teachers ready to teach subjects including math and science in area schools is still a challenging task for southern West Virginia’s school districts, local administrators said Wednesday.

The personnel agenda presented during the Sept. 24 Mercer County Board of Education meeting showed approximately 31 teaching positions to be filled; this figure included 11 special education teachers. There were another 19 assistant coaching positions to be filled.

Superintendent Deborah Akers said the school system continues to seek applicants for teaching positions.


“We do have substitutes in the vacancies, but we do continue to advertise them,” she said. 

Some of the teaching vacancies have been created by recent resignations, but finding certified applicants has been a challenge. Akers said the school system is constantly re-advertising available positions and working to fill them with qualified people.