MNPS HR Director: Nashville losing teachers to Rutherford County
NASVHILLE, Tenn. (OSBORNE) -- Metro Nashville schools are still short more than 120 teachers three weeks after students began the new school year.
Interim HR Director Dr. Tony Majors provided school board members with an update Tuesday night. Major said MNPS is also short 96 support staff, including 50 bus drivers.
Citing data provided by the State Department of Education, Majors told the board Metro is losing a lot of teachers to surrounding counties. He says of the 228 educators who left Nashville schools last year, 59 went to Rutherford County.
He noted Rutherford schools are offering a $5,000 signing bonus.
“We do feel that is attracting some of our teachers in hard to staff positions into Rutherford County. So we need to be very clear that we need to be competitive as we look at and broaden our teacher recruitment efforts.”
Majors said many of the new teachers Metro has hired in recent years are being recruited from out of state. He revealed Metro has hired more than 500 out of state teachers over the past four years.