Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

East St. Louis Still Short of Teachers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

East St. Louis Still Short of Teachers

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Some East St. Louis schoolchildren are still in overcrowded classrooms because of a severe teachers' shortage, Superintendent Geraldine Jenkins said Wednesday.

Despite a recall of 47 laid-off teachers in late October, Jenkins said the district still needed 16.

"My top priority is to get some teachers," mostly in the elementary schools, "where we have the severe problem," Jenkins said. She said the high schools also lacked some teachers.

She made her comments in a three-hour meeting with the state-appointed panel that's trying to help the school district overcome its problems.

Some teachers are working with split grades, Jenkins said. Many students have substitute teachers. Jenkins said it would be difficult to find teachers this time of year.

The district also faces continuing financial problems.

The state Financial Oversight Panel has been meeting regularly and working closely with the district and its new team of finance officers.

Hearing about the continuing education problems, panel chairman Richard Mark said he expected the district to hire more teachers. …

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