School Districts throughout Jefferson and Clark Counties face continued employment shortages with openings listed in West Jefferson, Jefferson, Clark and Ririe school districts, matching a growing trend throughout the United States.

According to Economic Policy Institute, or EPI, a number of factors have contributed to staffing issues in schools around the country for teachers, paraprofessionals, substitutes, bus drivers, food service and custodial workers. One larger contributing factor is pay for those in public K-12 professions, with EPI reporting, “ teachers are paid 19.2% less than similar workers in other occupations.”

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