2017-08-09 / Front Page

School bells to ring

BY MAC B. MCKINNON
Reporter

School activities are gearing up across the county with athletes already in action and teachers set to return to school next week.

Schools officially start for all students Aug. 28.

Almost 800 are employed by local schools.

The four Willacy County schools have just about completed their teaching staffs with several more to be hired at meetings Tuesday night and a few vacancies still exist.

As school is about to start, the state has declared a sales tax holiday this weekend on school supplies and at least one organization will help dis- tribute school supplies before school starts. (The Chronicle/ News will have those dates and locations in future editions).

Raymondville has only two positions open that are expected to be filled in early September. New teachers for Raymondville will have orientation Aug. 16-18 while all teachers will return Aug. 21.

Raymondville has 144 teachers and a total of 367 employees.

Lyford filled five vacancies at the board meeting Tuesday with only one vacancy remaining, that of ag teacher. It is expected to be filled early next month. Human Resources Director R. L. Flores said he has had 24 vacancies to fill this year, the most in some time.

Lyford has 110 instructional staff and 279 total employees with new teacher orientation to take place Aug. 15-18 and all teachers reporting by Aug. 21.

La Sara has all teachers reporting Aug. 14-25 for in-service training. That school has 38 instructional staff and 89 total on the payroll. The staff was completed during a board meeting Monday.

San Perlita has all teachers coming on Aug. 21. They have a total of 25 teachers and 54 employees total.

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