State of Education: Licking County schools weigh in after pandemic – The Newark Advocate

by | Nov 20, 2022 | Education

NEWARK ― Coming out on the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic, the challenges still remain many for Licking County schools.At a State of the Education forum Wednesday at C-TEC, presented by United Way of Licking County’s Community Partners Council, administrators from both public and private institutions discussed what they are facing, how they have dealt with it and what the future holds.One of the biggest challenges remains staffing.”It’s hard to find people who want to work and stay at work, so we have to provide incentives,” Newark superintendent David Lewis said. “Eighty percent of our cost is salaries and benefits, but we’ve been able to find good candidates,” said Licking Valley superintendent Scott Beery.”Can we move fast enough to meet wage demands, or get people to come back?” asked treasurer Kim Pulley of Johnstown-Monroe, which faces explosive growth with the coming of Intel. “We have to get young people excited about teaching and education. They are our next generation,” Lakewood superintendent Dr. Mark Gleichauf said. Southwest Licking superintendent Dr. Kasey Perkins said growth is the biggest challenge facing her district.”We’re currently at 4,800 students, and we’ve grown by 500 the last 10 years,” she said. “We’re forecasted to grow by 2,000 over the next 10 years. We have new facilities which are already nearing capacity.”COVID after effectsSchools are still dealing with after effects of the pandem …

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