Education

Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47 to host job fair as bus driver, substitute teacher shortage continues

District is looking for bus drivers, paraprofessionals and substitute teachers

Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47 is hosting a job fair Tuesday and Thursday to look for bus drivers, paraprofessionals and substitute teachers.

The job fair, scheduled for 3:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, will be held in-person at the district’s administrative office, also known as the CORE Center, at 300 Commerce Drive in Crystal Lake, according to a news release. Face masks will be required for the event, and parking is available in the main lot.

Interested applicants can apply and be interviewed on site for a job during the fair, according to the release.

Questions can be directed to the district’s human resources department at 815-788-5050. Those interested also can email Rob Bohanek, the district’s director of human resources, at rbohanek@d47.org or Claudette Valencia, human resources analyst, at cvalencia@d47.org.

Benefits for bus drivers include medical, paid training, and sick and personal days, while paraprofessionals get access to health benefits, paid training, a pension, and sick and personal days, according to the release. Substitutes are needed for teachers, paraprofessionals and registered nurses. They also are eligible for a pension.

School districts across the county, state and country are facing a labor shortage, as previously reported by the Northwest Herald. A need for bus drivers in particular has seen a spike within the last year, due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since March 2020, District 47 and Crystal Lake-based Community High School District 155, which share buses, had about five or six bus drivers leave because of the pandemic, Penny Fleming, the districts’ director of transportation, told the Northwest Herald.