Post # 1
I graduated recently with a degree in elementary education. I subbed full time for the last month of this past school year. I recently applied for a position at that school and emailed the principal about my application. She replied that there is a county wide hiring freeze but to hold tight, as she is interested. How should I take her response? Is she planning to hire me? Maybe she just want to interview me? Was she just being nice?
Also, can someone explain hiring freezes in education? If there are students then I feel there will have to be teachers, so why put off hiring when it’s inevitable?
Post # 3
I’d find out how long this hiring freeze is supposed to last bccause you could end up ‘holding out’ for quite a while. I suggest you continue looking into other districts to keep your options open. Good luck!
Post # 4
I don’t have experience in education but a hiring freeze is usually one of the first ways an administration attempts to reduce the number of employees through attrition.
In certain instances (specifically where a union is involved) the administration can use any of the positions vacated during the hiring freeze as a place to reassign current teachers whose positions have been eliminated through restructuring/budget cuts/etc. By reassigning current employees instead of hiring new ones, they avoid laying people off.
I think you should go to school board meetings, county budget meetings, etc. to get any info specific to this district.
Post # 5
Hiring freezes are pretty common right now in education.
They mean the school cannot hire anyone new for the time being (except to replace essentials, usually – positions that cover material necessary to keep accreditation). But the school is not planning to reduce its faculty or student body size in the long run, so they call a hiring freeze and just make do as best they can with what they have until the budget is flush again and they can fund all their positions. So, for example: If you’re required by law to have 3 special ed teachers and one leaves you can replace her/him, but you can’t hire new teachers to cover increased enrollment.
Keep looking, because there’s no knowing when the hiring freeze will end. However, if you’re really interested in that school, keep checking back, because they’re definitely interested, or they’d just tell you they don’t have anything for you.
Post # 6
I’ve asked and nobody knows how long it will last. Teachers go back on August 9th so I’m afraid it may not be over before school starts. I will look into other districts. Thanks for the responses!
Post # 7
I’m not in education but when I graduated 3+ years ago, there were a lot of hiring freezes in my desired field (scientific research).
Based on my experiences, don’t place your bets on this district. Start looking elsewhere because it very well may be a while before the freeze is lifted. If something works out here, great! But I certainly wouldn’t rely on anything being available there anytime soon.