Henry County implements incentives to prevent teacher shortage

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HENRY COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — Nationwide, schools are facing a teacher and staff shortage, particularly in curriculum areas that are difficult to staff, like math and science.

In Henry County, they have a state program in place called T.E.A.M.S, Teacher Excellence and Accountability for Mathematics and Science, to help prevent shortages.

“They can give up tenure in order to receive a contract and with that they get paid a different salary,” Henry County Superintendent, Lori Beasley said.

Teachers can choose that option, going the state route with the T.E.A.M.S program, or take another incentive— a $3,000 signing bonus.

This is something Beasley started this year for these hard-to staff subjects. The incentives are one reason why Henry County hasn’t faced a teacher shortage yet.

“That’s one of the things, like I said, having that sign-on-bonus I think has helped,” Beasley said. “T.E.A.M.S is an incentive for teachers that are in math and science.”

Beasley says these positions are the hardest to fill along with their special education teachers.

She also started meeting with teachers on Tuesday to talk about the different incentives. She is just grateful for the staff she has.

“We were under a pandemic and you know we just really are very fortunate in Henry County to have employees that truly care about our customers and that’s our students.” said Beasley.

She thanks all the teachers and staff members who went above and beyond this year, despite limitations from COVID-19.

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