Portland Public Schools to hire 400 teachers

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Portland Public Schools will be part of a educator job fair at the convention center on Tuesday, looking to hire 400 teachers in the near future.

Sean Murray, the human resources director for Portland Public Schools, said a little more than 200 of the openings are to replace outgoing teachers, but the new agreement with the teachers union that recently emerged, also calls for 150 new positions.

According to Murray, the majority of those new positions will be for primary schools.

“Fifty [of the positions] will go for high schools, 30 will go for special education and the remaining 70 positions will go through our elementary program,” said Murray.

Kennedy Hutsell, a Portland Public Schools’ teacher, said she has just 16 students in her grade class and hopes more of her colleagues can soon enjoy the same small class size.

Murray said top candidates for positions have already been offered letters of intent, but they do not know where they will be teaching until the district completes its internal transfer process. The district hopes to have all the new positions filled by late May.

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