WCCUSD to host teacher recruitment fair


Recently approved pay hikes for teachers has the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) hopeful to see an increase in prospective educators interested in joining the district.

This Saturday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon, the WCCUSD is holding its first Teacher Recruitment Fair of the year at Alvarado Adult School, 5625 Sutter St. in Richmond.

The District is actively hiring teachers and other certificated positions for the 2019-20 school year, with current positions open in teaching special education, languages, English and math, and as counselors, librarians, and psychologists.

“Three years ago, WCCUSD was hiring more than 200 new teachers each year and compensation levels were at or near the bottom when compared to nearby school districts,” the district stated Wednesday.

That has since changed, as the district recently installed better pay and benefits to retain quality employees. District teachers “will see a 15 percent salary increase by 2021, receive five full weeks off during the school year, have reduced class sizes, receive enhanced and personalized training, and are able to live in one of the last places in the Bay Area where housing prices are relatively affordable.”

WCCUSD partners with a variety of organizations, including Landed and the Richmond Community Foundation, to help teachers purchase homes within the district.

“We have done a tremendous amount of work over the past two years with the United Teachers of Richmond (which represents certificated employees) to improve the compensation and working conditions for WCCUSD employees,” Superintendent Matthew Duffy said in a statement. “We are searching for the best people who want to make a difference in the lives of the District’s future leaders and continue to make WCCUSD one of the top destinations in the Bay Area for committed educators.”

For more information about the recruitment fair contact Thomas Scott at 510-307-4616. Prospective teachers can RSVP at http://bit.ly/TeachWCCUSD.