Bulloch County Schools welcomed back faculty and staff for the first day of pre-planning for the 2022-2023 school year. Among the more than 2,000 returning, 225 new employees were officially welcomed last week during the district’s annual New Hire Orientation. 70 of the new employees are teachers. The new school year begins on August 1.
The school district’s annual New Hire Orientation was held on July 20, at Statesboro High School. The day-long, spaced-themed event included a welcome from Superintendent Charles Wilson, key sessions on multiple topics such as safety and benefits, lunch, and a trade show with many local and area support vendors.
“We are excited to welcome our new stars to Bulloch County,” said Alli Baxter, the district’s chief human resources officer.
Prior to New Hire Orientation, new teachers met on July 15, at Mattie Lively Elementary School, for the first of ten Induction Teacher Program sessions. These new educators will meet once per month through May. Led by the district’s team of instructional coaches, the monthly sessions are created based on feedback from new teachers and their school-based mentors regarding teacher needs.
“This allows the program to be flexible and responsive to the needs of each individual new teacher cohort,” said Ragan Adkins, a director of school improvement. Adkins and fellow School Improvement Director Millie Boykin are leading the program this school year.
Begun in 2015, the program supports new teachers by communicating the school district’s values and it models best practices for student learning with engaging instructional strategies, proper classroom management techniques, and positive behavior interventions.
Bulloch County Schools is Bulloch County’s second largest employer with more than 2,100 full-time, part-time, seasonal, contracted services, and substitute employees. The school district’s Human Resources Department manages hiring year-round, but the peak hiring season is February through September as preparations are made for new school years. For current job openings and to apply online, visit the school district’s website.