No quick thaw for Hillsborough hiring freeze
The Hillsborough County School District continues to comb through its payrolls in trying to determine where it must hire, and which vacancies it can absorb.
In other words: The hiring freeze continues.
This notice went out to principals at the end of the work week:
"On behalf of the superintendent, I want to thank you for your patience and assistance as we navigate our current financial challenges. Each site, area, and division has been working diligently to analyze current staffing needs in order to prioritize the classroom vacancies to optimize student achievement outcomes. Since this specific information will be coming in later this afternoon for the Business and Human Resources divisions to review, we will be extending our current hiring freeze until further notice. The position of bus driver remains the only position open to external candidates. Internal transfers can continue as long as contractual requirements are met. By the middle of next week, we will provide specific next steps with areas in which we may be able to relax hiring for specific classroom positions.
"During this time, you are encouraged to continue to vet and interview applicants. If you have specific questions regarding a potential candidate's application status, please feel free to contact your HR Partner, the Applications Center at 840-7181, your Area Superintendent, or me.
It remains our goal to open on the first day of school with 100 percent of our classrooms fully staffed.
Marie E. Whelan, Ed.D.
Interim Chief Human Resources Officer
Hillsborough County Public Schools"