South Carolina launches teacher recruitment site

South Carolina has created a one-stop, confidential web site for prospective teachers looking for jobs within the state.

Two Winthrop University employees developed the statewide application system, which allows teachers to choose which of South Carolina’s 86 districts they want to apply to—and also lets them single out those they don’t want, so that current employers won’t know they are job-hunting

The web site, developed at Winthrop’s South Carolina Center for Teacher Recruitment, is among the first of its kind, according to its makers. “This really encourages people to be a South Carolina teacher,” said James Hammond, the university’s executive director of information technology. Applications can be submitted for teachers in all subjects and grade levels, he said.

The Richland School District reportedly has received applications from as far away as Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky. One administrator at the district commented, “This will expedite the process of recruitment.”

Developers at Winthrop launched the system in November, hoping to work out the technical glitches in the system before the spring application surge. All information transmitted through the web site is kept confidential through user profiles and passwords, and school districts will have access only to applications directed to them.

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