Florence 1 Schools In Strong Position To Start School Year

The Florence 1 School District will start the 2022-23 school year on Aug. 1 with nearly all its teaching positions filed, Superintendent Richard O’Malley said recently.

 In late June, the district had approximately 10 classrooms in need of a teacher, O’Malley said. The district started the 2021-22 school year with a teacher in every classroom.

 The district’s benefit package makes recruiting and retaining educators easier, O’Malley said. At the June 16 Board of Trustees meeting, the board added another benefit for teachers – paid maternity and paternity leave. “The quality of life issues that we’ve added to our benefits for our staff have been very much well-received,” O’Malley said. “Last year, we started no vacancies for the first time. This year, we are getting close to that. I think we have about 10 classroom vacancies.”

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