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Pasco school district to begin recruiting workers after 5-year absence



The Pasco County school district has hired an employee recruiter for the first time in nearly five years, to help fill several high-needs vacancies for which it has a dearth of qualified applicants.

Helen Rodriguez-Maust will focus on finding workers for key noninstructional and teaching positions.

"Our shortage in math and science is just incredible," assistant superintendent Amelia Larson said. "Go into our database. We really don't have anybody we can choose from. We really need to do a better job of attracting."

Officials have also struggled to find applicants for maintenance jobs such as air conditioning specialists.

The School Board eliminated its recruiter position in January 2009, saying money was tight and applications were plentiful. It had cut funding for travel to job fairs around the country months before that.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 11:31am]


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