Vision Forward summit on teachers set for Tuesday | Education

The next public meeting on the future of St. Joseph’s School District is dedicated to teachers, in particular the generation of recruits and their content.

On Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m., at Word of Life Church, 3902 NE Riverside Road, the second phase of Vision Forward will feature Brian Krauss, Human Resources Director, who will talk about teacher content. In a recent interview, Kraus called the shortage of teachers a national problem with local effects. If class leaders don’t have much to do with St. Joseph, it’s very difficult to get them to make a career here.

While the county can and does recruit new certified staff from local universities and small school districts, it typically loses talent at wealthier agencies such as North Kansas City 74 and Park Hill School District.

The main message is that tackling this problem will require coordination and resources, and more people need to attend Tuesday’s meeting for that effort to work.

“I was pleased to see the turnout at the meeting in January, but I think it would be fair to admit that these are people whom the district has already accepted,” Kraus said. “About 200 business leaders, community volunteers and district employees. We hope for more. “

Bob Miller, a career educator and pastor of the Wellsprings Community Church, highlighted the regional competition factor. Miller, who is one of the four co-chairs of Vision Forward, said St. Joseph is far from alone in trying to find a new way to attract staff to his area.

“We just have to be really active,” Miller said. “You have to understand that every district around us faces the same challenges of creative thinking: ‘How do we make our neighborhood more attractive than others?’ We are not the only community that does this. Our whole community must be part of the answer. ”

Miller and his co-chairs – Dave Hind, Teresa Simmons and Linda Bark – have led a team of about two dozen people over the past three months to decide when and how public meetings will be held. He said seeing how it is happening now is interesting, but the future is also due to factors that are now independent of him. The number of people who will appear, the number of people who otherwise pay attention, the priorities they have decided to discuss, and the election on April 5 to the Education Council – all this will play a crucial role.

“I hope the people who attended the first meeting saw that the way we said the process was going to happen happened,” Miller said. “We are just providing information, allowing the most qualified people in this issue to talk to the community and answer any questions they may have. It’s completely open.”

Kraus, a speaker on Tuesday, acknowledged that there was a problem convincing voters that they would be listened to. The most annoying obstacle that still needs to be removed is the view that the district’s leadership is still tainted by the turbulent era that came eight years ago.

“I’m the longest-serving leader in the whole district, and it’s been six years,” Kraus said. “We want people to understand – now all these people are gone. New leaders have come up with new ideas on how to solve these complex problems. ”

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