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Panama City, FL – Jackson County School district sees a teacher and maintenance staff shortage | MyPanhandle.com

Panama City, FL –

MARIANNA, Fla. (WMBB) – The Jackson County School District is experiencing a shortage of teachers and maintenance staff due to COVID-19.

Tony Pumphrey, the president of the Jackson County School Board, said seeing 13 teaching positions open in the district is disheartening.

“Obviously, the COVID pandemic has had an impact on us,” Pumphrey said. “A lot of your senior teachers weren’t willing to take this chance, so they retired and went home.”

Pumphrey says this is the most teaching positions he has seen vacant in the district.

“Last year we had probably three, four, five positions that continued in the nine weeks of no-fill,” Pumphrey said.

Not only do teaching posts need to be filled, but the district’s maintenance department said it was also suffering from a staff shortage.

Stuart Wiggins, facilities director for the Jackson County School District, said the coronavirus had impacted their department.

“We’ve had one man tested positive the last few days, and the men who worked around him are of course now quarantined, so our typical workforce of around 14 is now down to 5,” Wiggins said.

Wiggins said that earlier this year the department had three retirements unrelated to COVID-19, but the loss of three staff still put them in a hole.

“I told council last night that my electricians spent Monday and Tuesday as plumbers,” Wiggins said.

Wiggins said he was grateful to his staff for being talented enough to be able to work outside of their specialties when they were understaffed.

According to Wiggins, the quarantined maintenance staff will be able to resume work on Friday. Pumphrey also said the school board is prioritizing staffing the 13 open teacher positions.

Anyone interested in applying for vacancies in the Jackson County School District, click here.

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