Aug 05, 2022

Couchman: Enough teachers for now, classified staff needed

Posted Aug 05, 2022 4:45 PM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Though there is a statewide teacher shortage, Buhler USD 313 Superintendent Cindy Couchman says that's not true in her district right now.

"We are very blessed," Couchman said. "If you've been watching the news at all, you know there is a staffing shortage in our buildings across the state of Kansas. It's across the United States. Teachers, we just can't find them right now. Buhler, right now, we are fully staffed."

That's referring to classroom teachers. They do still have a support staff issue, particularly when it comes to bus drivers.

"When I started at Buhler, we used to do staggered bus times," Couchman said. "We're going back to staggered bus times. It allows us to have a bus driver go out, run a route to a school, deliver those students and then go run another route at another school."

Other classified non-teaching positions also still have openings, things like people who work with food and paraprofessionals, etc.

"We are still looking to fill positions on our classified side," Couchman said. "We are not fully staffed there. We need to open. There's things that are really critical."

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