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Teachers feeling lack of respect

CHEYENNE — When Michael Jennings started working for Natrona County School District 30 years ago, applications would flood in to compete for open teaching positions.

But today, the district is “scrambling to find staff.”

“We’re facing shortages in areas that we normally don’t see,” he said.

There are four openings out of 14 positions for school psychologists. The district is down about 15 bus drivers out of roughly 120 bus drivers overall. Roughly 35 teaching assistant positions are open. Special education teachers and educational support personnel are hard to hire. There’s a lot of turnover....

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