USD 428 talks about filling permanent positions


Great Bend USD 428 is gearing up for another school year, and superintendent Kris Thexton said he’s looking to fill more permanent positions. 

“Right now, we’ve pretty much filled most of our teaching positions,” he said. “However, some of them are filled with a long-term substitute or licensed teacher.” 

He said it’s difficult during this time of the year they haven’t found all their staff by now, but he’s continuing to search for permanent teachers, especially in the younger grades.

“Not too long ago, elementary teachers were the easiest to find and actually that’s where we’re having our most difficult time finding, elementary teachers to fill,” he said.

Parents should not be concerned because all these substitute teachers can teach a class and are qualified he said. 

“They’ve just chosen to have that personal time and that flexibility with their schedule.”

Along with teaching positions, Thexton said the district is also down three school psychologist positions. 

Christie Gerdes, special education director, said finding a school psychologist is an occurring issue throughout the state. 

So, the district has redesigned the role by placing coordinators into the position. 

“We’ve hired some staff that are going to be paras, and they will then be working towards becoming a school psychologists. Those people will assume some of the responsibilities of a school psychologist, but that will not include testing,” said Special services coordinator Kylie McDonald.

The district has hired Jason Duvall as an adaptive special education teacher, Kylee McDonald for the special education coordinator for trauma Informed services, and Ashley Riley as a special education coordinator and assessment evaluation role, Gerdes added. 

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