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CCSD draws attention to teacher shortage using Slotzilla
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LAS VEGAS -- The superintendent of the Clark County School District took a daring ride on the Slotzilla Wednesday. It was to draw attention to the biggest teacher shortage in the district's history.

There are more than 600 open positions in Clark County, but CCSD says it hopes to hire more than 2,600 new teachers to ease overcrowding.

The district's plan to add teachers to growing classrooms in the valley involves recruiting locally and from across the country. The first way they plan to do this is through their Alternative Route to Licensure course.

Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky said with special training anyone with a Bachelor's degree is eligible to become a teacher.

“We will help them change their career and change their life in the process,” Skorkowsky said.

Teachers say it's a constant struggle to make sure each student is getting one-on-one attention.

“As the class size grows, it's harder to spend as much time with our students as they need,” said Stephanie Berry, Basic High School Teacher.

Teachers at West Career and Technical Academy said they have also felt the effects of overcrowding.

"Keeping up with that growth and getting teachers in the classroom is difficult,” said Audri Rosen, West Career & Technical Academy.

The school district said it would also go to UNLV, the College of Southern Nevada and Nevada State College to recruit and convince undecided freshman and sophomores to go into teaching.

"We have to build a pipeline for all of our students. We're not going to be able to change the economic outcome of our community unless we have the best and brightest teachers,” Skorkowsky said.

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