LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- There’s a shortage of special education teachers at the Clark County School District.
Administrators say they’re working fast to fill the positions with how they're coping a week and a half behind us.
The Clark County School District has about 150 teaching vacancies.
However. about 55 of them are for special education classrooms.
Hiring special education teachers is a challenge at Clark County schools.
There are about 12 to 15 kids in Mackenzie Hall’s classroom at Robert E. Lake Elementary.
To continue to service students like these, the district needs to hire about 55 more special education teachers.
“We are constantly adding special education units so we’re not necessarily worried about overcrowding because we stay within the Nevada Administrative Code for class size and case load,” said Deputy Superintendent Kim Wooden.
There are about 4,200 special education teachers in the district working with about 35,000 students. The hardest to fill areas are autism and early childhood.
Hall is concerned the lack of teachers could affect students like those in her classroom.
“They have special needs,” Hall said.
Kendra Gipson’s 6-year-old daughter Lena has autism and is a student in the Cark County School District.
“For our kids, that doesn’t spell recipe for something good.,” said Kendra Gipson.
Gipson believes education plays a major role in her daughter’s and other students’ future success.
“It’s important because she needs to be in an environment that’s specialized for her,” Gipson said.
Both Gipson and Hall hope the next generation of teachers step up to fill the need. The chief human resources officer said she hopes to fill the positions by November or December.
-- Jen Wahl, KSNV News3