Baldwin Community Schools Feeling Impact of Statewide Teacher Shortage

A northern Michigan school district is feeling the impact of the statewide teacher shortage as they start the school year.

Baldwin Community Schools has been in session for several weeks but still have four open teaching positions.

They’re looking to fill a high school English and a math position along with a kindergarten and third grade teaching positions.

The superintendent says the school is getting by with long-term substitutes to make sure lessons still get taught.

He says fewer people are choosing a career in teaching and fewer people are applying for open positions.

“Just a few years ago you would get 40 applicants for any open elementary position, now, you might look at between five and ten. We have not had an applicant for the High School ELA position and it’s been posted since at least since early June,” said Baldwin Superintendent Rick Heitmeyer.

The school is also working with area universities to try and address the shortage.