HELP WANTED: DMS Filling 300 Teaching Positions

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Des Moines Public Schools is searching for more than 300 teachers and support staff for the 2013-2014 school year.

“We typically hire around 200 people every year. This year, we’re in a fortunate position to be able to add 95 teaching positions. This just upped the ante a bit,” said Tom Ahart, Superintendent of Des Moines Public Schools.

To fill the openings, the district held a career fair Saturday morning at East High School.

The empty positions were created through retirement, teachers leaving the district, and an increase in enrollment.

More than 1,300 applicants showed up.

All who attended were interviewed and some left with job offers in hand.

“Getting to know the staff here has been amazing because they reach out to you. I come from a smaller district in Baxter, Iowa. Everyone does a good job and the educators in our state are amazing. This district just reaches out to you as an individual,” said Dana Berry, an applicant.

District leaders were considering holding a second career fair in June.

With Saturday’s turnout, it likely won’t be necessary.