Troup County Schools welcomed new teachers this week during a three-day orientation for new staff.
This year the system has 73 new teachers, which is down from the average number of about 100. According to a press release from the system, new hires for this year primarily represent replacements for retirees or resignations, not new positions.
“We are fortunate to be in a position where we are able to maintain our capacity,” Ed Smith, Troup County Schools superintendent, said in the press release. “While it will certainly be a tight budget year, Troup County School System is entering the new year with the programs and people in place to serve students as planned.”
Of the new staffers, half will be in the system’s elementary schools and the rest in middle and high schools. The new crop of teachers represent newbies and veterans to the profession.
The orientation included: introductions to system departments, various training and “an overview of the standards of excellence in teaching.”