La Crosse School District has 20 open positions, many in teacher-support roles

According to the La Crosse School District's director of human resources, 10 of the jobs are expected to be filled in the next week.

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — The La Crosse School District is short 20 positions, many of them in teacher-support roles, according to Director of Human Resources Matt Wenthe.

Wenthe said 10 of the open positions in the La Crosse School District are for teaching assistants. He added that at least 10 of the 20 vacancies are expected to be filled in the next week.

He feels like the open positions are due to worker shortages nationwide.

“I think it’s just indicative of the job market as a whole,” Wenthe said.

Wenthe added that the district is short a small amount of classroom teachers going into the new school year.

“1 or 2 positions that we may either be hiring a long-term sub or we may be asking teachers to take an overload until we can fill that position,” he said.

La Crosse Education Association President Jesse Martinez said any hole in the classroom due to the absence of an educator or support professional is a big deal.

“The less teachers we have the larger the class sizes are,” he said.

Martinez added that support positions are “invaluable” and that those employees make a high-quality education possible for every student.

“They’re there to support students, they’re there working with students day in and day out,” he said.

According to Martinez, the education system needs to be reformed altogether.

“As a system as a whole, we’re in crisis,” he said. “We’re not able to retain educators into this profession,” he added.

Outside of La Crosse, the Holmen School District is currently short four teachers, according to a spokesperson.

The West Salem School District is fully staffed with teachers but is short four paraprofessionals and four bus drivers, according to District Public Relations Specialist Samantha Pederson.

The Onalaska School District is short three workers at this time, two of which are teachers, according to a worker in the district’s office.

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