D118 looks to fill vacancies
DANVILLE — A critical shortage of special education teachers across central Illinois is prompting Danville District 118 officials to consider using a contract service to fill several teacher vacancies.
The District 118 school board will discuss on Wednesday whether to contract for special education teachers with a similar service as the one the district uses to fill its school psychologist, speech language pathologist and occupational and physical therapist positions.
“We have nine special education teacher vacancies,” Superintendent Alicia Geddis said. “If we can’t find them, we’ll have to contract out for them.”
Danville isn’t the only school district experiencing a severe shortage of special education teachers. There are 16 special education teacher vacancies in Decatur, nine in Normal, six in Urbana, five in Bloomington, and three in Champaign.