Enrollment Could Affect Teacher Hiring

MEDFORD, Ore., – As teachers begin preparing their classrooms for the upcoming school year, officials say there’s a chance new teachers could be joining them soon.

According to the Medford School District, the number of elementary school students who show up to class in the first few weeks of the year will determine whether additional teachers will be hired to accommodate them. School officials forecast the incoming students each spring, but said the actual number of students may vary greatly when classes begin in the fall.

As students enroll or leave school during the first few weeks of the school year, district officials will decide whether additional extra teachers will need to be hired, or whether teachers will be laid off.

District officials say this practice is more common in elementary school, because the forecast of middle and high school students tend not to be very different from the actual turnout.