The Crookston School District had five
representatives at a job fair in the Twin Cities this week as they are looking
to fill teaching openings in the district. There were over 1,000 teaching
candidates at the job fair and over 600 school districts from as far as the
Dominican Republic. “This was our first time going and the booth looked good,
we had a tablecloth with a Pirate on it, we had a good image,” said Bates.
“People approached to talk about the vacancies we had, it was not traditional as
they handed out their resumes and we had Highland School Principal Chris Trostad
and three special education teachers where we have a number of vacancies.
Trostad and the teachers went off and interviewed five or six candidates.
Crookston High School Principal Eric Bubna had a lead on a chemistry teacher.”
Bates said it was a way to supplement the normal way they get applications and
will likely do it again after making several new contacts. “There is a shortage
of applicants so anything we can do to help with that is helpful is good,” added
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