District Hires Consultants to Aid New Staff

The Los Angeles Unified School District's Region B, which serves the Southeast area, has hired 17 retired educators and 21 who are on vacation from year-round schools to assist new teachers at schools troubled by high staff turnover, school officials said.

Funds remain to hire additional teaching consultants to help break in about 100 beginning teachers in the region, said Takako Suzuki, regional administrator of the priority staffing program.

"We're looking for some very special retirees or teachers (on vacation) who have a special gift or talent . . . in a training situation," Suzuki said.

The region's 38 teaching consultants, including several retired principals, work in 18 schools and are paid for 100 hours of work. Experienced classroom teachers at every school also are chosen to assist beginning teachers.

The program, which began in mid-September, has helped stabilize staffing at schools in the region that suffered from chronic shortages of teachers in the past, Suzuki said. The region currently has five unfilled teaching positions.

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