Will there be jobs for new teachers in Louisiana? - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Will there be jobs for new teachers in Louisiana?

by Brandon Richards bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC-TV) – The annual spring teacher fair, hosted by McNeese State University, is usually an opportunity for graduating seniors to find jobs.

This year, that's not happening.

Many school districts are facing budget cuts and that are leading to some tough decisions, such as teacher layoffs.

Calcasieu Parish Schools are in that predicament. On Tuesday, the school board will decide whether to layoff up to 104 teachers.

Calcasieu Parish Schools Assistant Superintendent Gary Anderson said the district will still likely need new hires later in the summer, with some teachers retiring. However, he did note the bleak job market, even pointing out that the number of recruiters who showed up to the teacher fair was the lowest he had seen in ten years.

Brandy Guidry is an MSU senior trying to find a job as a pre-K through 3rd grade teacher. Guidry calls the job search "stressful."

According to a number of students attending the job fair on Monday, school districts were taking resumes, but most weren't actively seeking new hires.

Anderson wants new college grads to remain optimistic about their future.

"Hang in there. Don't panic just yet," he said.

Copyright 2010 KPLC-TV. All Rights Reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • SOLAR ECLIPSE: Southwest Louisiana timeline

    SOLAR ECLIPSE: Southwest Louisiana timeline

    Monday, August 21 2017 1:59 PM EDT2017-08-21 17:59:57 GMT
    (Source: eclipsemega.movie.com)(Source: eclipsemega.movie.com)

    Monday's solar eclipse will begin at 11:50 a.m. in Lake Charles. Lake Charles is far outside the path of total eclipse, but will have 71.4 percent coverage at the peak time of 1:21 p.m. The solar eclipse in will happen around the same time in Southwest Louisiana's five parishes, although there are some slight variations. Click HERE and scroll to the Google interactive map to see exact times in your area. TAKE NOTE: Times on the map are coordinated universal time. Use the graph in t...

    More >>

    Monday's solar eclipse will begin at 11:50 a.m. in Lake Charles. Lake Charles is far outside the path of total eclipse, but will have 71.4 percent coverage at the peak time of 1:21 p.m. The solar eclipse in will happen around the same time in Southwest Louisiana's five parishes, although there are some slight variations. Click HERE and scroll to the Google interactive map to see exact times in your area. TAKE NOTE: Times on the map are coordinated universal time. Use the graph in t...

    More >>
  • WATCH LIVE: Solar Eclipse 2017

    WATCH LIVE: Solar Eclipse 2017

    Monday, August 21 2017 12:53 PM EDT2017-08-21 16:53:49 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The 2017 Solar Eclipse is just around the corner! While we won't get a total eclipse in our area, Chief Meteorologist Wade Hampton is traveling to Tennessee, which is in the path of the total eclipse. He'll team up with Kaitlin Rust, who will be in Lake Charles, for complete coverage of Monday's event. Join us then, but in the meanwhile follow these links for more about the eclipse: SOLAR ECLIPSE: Interactive simulator shows what the eclipse will look like in your area SOLAR ECLI...

    More >>

    The 2017 Solar Eclipse is just around the corner! While we won't get a total eclipse in our area, Chief Meteorologist Wade Hampton is traveling to Tennessee, which is in the path of the total eclipse. He'll team up with Kaitlin Rust, who will be in Lake Charles, for complete coverage of Monday's event. Join us then, but in the meanwhile follow these links for more about the eclipse: SOLAR ECLIPSE: Interactive simulator shows what the eclipse will look like in your area SOLAR ECLI...

    More >>
  • Boy who saved mom, brother's life, given key to City of Sulphur

    Boy who saved mom, brother's life, given key to City of Sulphur

    Monday, August 21 2017 12:29 PM EDT2017-08-21 16:29:52 GMT
    Jayden Fontenot (Source: KPLC)Jayden Fontenot (Source: KPLC)

    If it weren’t for Jayden Fontenot, his baby brother and his mom wouldn't be here today. 

    More >>

    If it weren’t for Jayden Fontenot, his baby brother and his mom wouldn't be here today. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly