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Jul 26, 2014 7:15 PM by Nathan O'Neal

TUSD faces shortage of 163 teachers as first day of school approaches

TUCSON - Tucson Unified School District is looking to hire roughly 160 new teachers to fill vacancies as the first day of school approaches.

"There are positions that definitely need to be filled right away. The first day of school is July 31, and there are a number of core classes and classrooms that need a teacher in there," said TUSD Chief Human Resources Officer Anna Maiden.

TUSD hosted a job fair for teachers in the hopes of filling 163 vacancies before school starts. Areas of concentration range from math and science in high schools as well as elementary and exceptional education positions.

While TUSD has been hiring since late April, it has more positions to fill since the district's recent move to reduce class sizes create more of a demand for teachers.

The district also offers a $2,500 hiring incentive as a tactic to attract teachers.

If TUSD is unable to fill all of the vacancies by July 31, it will have to resort to its substitute teacher roster to staff classrooms in the meantime.

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