Rock Hill Schools brings candidates by the busload in unprecedented step to fill teacher vacancies

ROCK HILL, S.C. — As a shortage of teachers continues to hamper districts across the nation, Rock Hill Schools took a unique approach in hopes of filling open roles.

The district bused in more than a dozen teachers and gave them a tour of the district.

“This is a highly competitive market right now to attract teachers who want to come to a school district,” said Lindsay Machak, a spokesperson for Rock Hill Schools. “We opened four of our schools to our candidates to get on a bus, go out to the schools and just feel the vibes to see if they felt like they could imagine themselves there in the next year as part of our team.”

District leaders say the unique approach may be paying off. Every candidate who attended the bus tour this week is expected to interview with Rock Hill Schools, the district said.

>>> In the video at the top of the page, Channel 9′s Tina Terry learned about the one-of-a-kind efforts to secure more educators in Rock Hill.

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