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Lakota School District preparing for mass teacher retirement

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WEST CHESTER, OH (FOX19) -

The Lakota School District is preparing for over 100 teachers to retire at the end of the school year.

According to the school district, a surge of hiring during the district's peak growth period in the 1980s and 1990s yielded a group of teachers approaching retirement.

“High-quality teachers are in high demand, making it critical that we get out in the job market and start recruiting early,” said Lakota Superintendent Dr. Karen Mantia. “We are looking for teachers who are well-trained in their specialty areas, care deeply about each child's success and are committed members of our schools and our community.”

Lakota currently employs 923 full-time teachers for the 22 schools inside the district. In 2010, the district employed 1,117 teachers, a 17.4 percent drop in five years.

“It is always a careful balance between meeting expectations and staying within budget parameters,” Mantia said.

The district said it will also be seeking part-time employees to work in the cafeterias, school crossing guards and instructional aides.

District leaders have registered for more than 10 recruitment events for this winter and spring.

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