LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- The Clark County School District is making progress hiring new teachers for the upcoming school year.
Clark County, the fifth largest school district in the country, had as many as 1,800 teaching vacancies.
District leaders say they expect to fill about 400 more spots by August 25, which is the first day of school, but with only a few weeks left until the start of class, filling those spots won't be easy.
Every year they have to hire new teachers, but this year has been especially challenging.They hire as many local candidates as possible, but unfortunately, the local colleges and universities don't have as many students choosing education as a career.
"Their enrollment has gone down significantly, so they aren't producing as many college graduates in the field of education as they have in the past," said Meg Nigro, the executive director of recruitment and development for the district.
This year, the district says it has ramped-up its outside marketing, posting vacancies online and even spreading the word through social media websites.
The district says it'll come down to the wire this year, but by the first day of school they'll be ready.