Mountain View Whisman School District administrators say there are more vacancies among certified teachers than usual due to the increased number of pregnancies in the district. There are currently 10 teachers on maternity leave, compared to three to five in a normal year, said Stephanie Totter, director of administrative services.
"People I hired three years ago are now having babies," Totter said. "You hire them as young teachers and they get married and decide to have families."
Totter said she will not know the final number of vacancies from this year until next school year starts. The district currently has 21 vacancies, varying in grade level and subject matter. The district has a total of 250 teacher positions, and normally hires about 40 new teachers a year.
"Things can change right before the school year starts," Totter said. She has hired five people since the beginning of June, and hopes to fill all openings by the end of the month.
"In June you are hoping everyone is taken care of," Totter said. "We are still working on it."
"Sometimes school districts have to open with a sub," she added.
The elementary school district also hired a new principal and assistant principal this year at Graham Middle School and a new principal at Monta Loma Elementary School. Last week, trustees agreed to switch the positions of three top administrators. Meanwhile, the local high school district also has seen "more pregnancies, especially at Los Altos High School," said Associate Superintendent Brigitte Sarraf. But MVLA has already filled the 16 openings it had this year.
Sarraf said in a typical year, the district has between 20 and 25 vacancies, depending on retirees.