DES MOINES, Iowa - Nearly 250 people showed up Tuesday for a job fair put on by the Des Moines Public School District. The district looks to fill nearly 100 positions for the coming school year. Jobs included positions like clerical, custodial, associates, substitutes and bus drivers.
A school official said the district tried something a little different this year with the fair. It made it separate from a bigger one it previously held that also hired people for teaching positions. It's all part of the district's efforts to fill its workforce, which numbers approximately 5,000 employees in 60 schools.
The fair took place at the bus barn. Organizers say at least 50 people were already lined up when the fair began at 10a.m. Lynne Jackson of Des Moines waited her turn to give her best job pitch. She said, "People give me spirit. I like dealing with people. You just have to deal with people in everyday life. And if you're not courteous and things of that nature, things won't work out for."
Jackson came to the fair hoping to land a clerical job. But she said after finding out there were just a few available, she decide to increase her chances and go after a custodial position, which were more plentiful. "I have been applying at other places,"Jackson said, "But I thought this morning I might be blessed and get on here at DMPS."
Pay for the jobs varies. Food service positions begin at $11.21 per hour, while bus drivers start at $17.11.
Organizers plan a second fair Thursday, June 12th, from 4pm-8pm at the bus barn located at 1915 Prospect Road, just off of Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, south of Euclid Avenue
Visit jobs.dmschools.org to see current openings at DMPS.