SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WNCN) — Johnston County school leaders are trying a new approach to fill teacher vacancies.

Johnston County Public Schools is starting a job-sharing program where retired teachers would work part-time teaching a subject they already know. Talent acquisition administrator Sharon Bryant tells CBS 17 the goal is to pair two part-time teachers up to serve one classroom.

“I might work 2 days, you might work 3 days this week so it just really gives them the flexibility,” Bryant said.

The district said it has more than 200 vacancies right now and long-term substitutes are having to fill some of those spots.

Bryant says the job-sharing program will give some students more structure in the classroom.



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 “That gives the consistency for our students and so that we don’t have the rotation of students coming out of a classroom.”

Teachers who retire from a North Carolina school must be retired for at least six months to be eligible for this program. Job-sharing teachers also would not receive benefits.

If you’re interested, you can apply here.