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Montgomery County Schools working to fill hundreds of teacher, staff vacancies

Montgomery County Schools is facing roughly 500 teacher and support staff vacancies. School districts across the country are facing significant staffing shortages as a result of the pandemic that led many teachers to leave the profession. Despite the openings, the school system is 98 percent staffed and there has been progress in reducing the vacancies, superintendent Monifa B. McKnight said. The school system plans to maintain its current class sizes in the upcoming school year, which starts Aug. 29. The number of teachers who left their jobs in the most recent year is equivalent to about 4 percent of the workforce, but retirements were up in Montgomery County this year, union leader Jennifer Martin said. Martin was invited to the news conference Monday, but did not attend, but didn't attend.