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School District Seeks Qualified Job Applicants

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LAS VEGAS - The 2013-2014 school year starts Aug. 26, and the Clark County School District is looking to fill a number of open positions.

While the school district hasn't said how many full-time teachers are needed, school leaders are actively recruiting for substitute teachers and bus drivers.

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The shortage of bus drivers is a big concern for school district leaders. In recent weeks, they handed out applications at various places around town. They are also taking resumes online.

The school district is willing to pay people to train to drive school buses. CCSD officials say the need for good candidates in those positions isn't going away.

"When you think about fifty bus drivers, you really think about fifty groups of kids getting to school, so it's a really critical need for us right now," said CCSD Chief Human Capital Officer Staci Vesneske.

If driving a school bus doesn't appeal to you, school district leaders are also looking to fill several substitute teacher jobs. Administrators say they typically hire throughout the year, but demand for qualified substitutes is particularly high this time of year.

"We're actively looking to fill the substitute pool right before school starts. It always happens that we lose some people before school starts, and so we absolutely need substitute teachers," Vesneske said.

To be a substitute, applicants need to have completed 60 college credits. School district leaders say, in many cases, substitute teacher applicants are people who are considering careers in teaching and become substitutes to see what it's like. Others apply to work at schools where their children attend.

Another vital position in need of applicants is school nurse. The school district is looking for specialized nurses to help students with special needs.

School officials say they have two vacancies, but they are always looking for nurses with specialized skills to help students with disabilities.

The school district is recruiting and taking applications from people who love working with kids.

"In terms of access to school, our students are able to come to school who may need medical procedures, who may require medication, so the school nurse plays an integral role in making sure kids are cared for throughout the school day," said Kim Wooden with the Clark County School District.

The school district often competes with hospitals and doctors offices that may offer better pay. School nursing positions, however, offer a better schedule. School nurses typically work Monday through Friday during school hours.

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