The Joplin School District got back into the swing of things with the first day of school today, which means not only new students, but new teachers as well. Superintendent Dr. CJ Huff admits to News Talk KZRG they're having a bit of trouble with teacher retention lately.
"It has been (an issue), and we had about 14% over the last year, which was up over previous years, of teachers leaving the school district. That's still below the state and national average. This last year was really tough. We've been in temporary facilities for the past couple of years, people had to leave for a variety of reasons including a spouse getting a job in another community, and to be honest, we have high standards and some teachers just didn't meet those."
In 2012, 57 Joplin School District teachers resigned. That number went up to 76 this year; Huff says there are a number of factors causing the turnover, but school officials are working to bring the numbers down.