The Grand Ledge Public School District is hosting its largest teacher orientation session ever. Other mid-Michigan districts report an above average number of new hires too.
In Grand Ledge, Forty-six new teachers are being trained during a three day period this week. The teachers are a combination of new college grads and classroom veterans. The reason for the new teachers? Thirty-nine teachers last year took a buyout and other positions opened up.
A multi-million dollar bond was passed as well. Interim Superintendent Kathy Peasley says the buyouts and the bond combined allow the district to continue to provide quality education, "We did not cut any programs or any classroom and we replaced every teacher that left."
East Lansing Public Schools has hired 14 new teachers for the upcoming school year while Holt Public Schools has hired 26. Mason Public Schools has hired seven and could hire more. St. Johns Public Schools has hired more than 25 new teachers.