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SBUSD hiring 50 positions ahead of January 19 reopening

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) is getting word out to the community that a public hiring notice was recently posted.

SBUSD's John Becchio helping get the word out (Beth Farnsworth/KEYT)

"As we get ready to prepare for opening schools in January, the challenges that are facing us are basically two-fold: one is the supervision of students and the other is the safety of our campuses," said John Becchio, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for SBUSD.

This phase of hiring comes a little more than two months ahead of reopening the district's 21 schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. A slew of teaching and support positions will need to filled before January 19, 2021, when hybrid classes begin.

"We're looking to fill 50 positions. We're asking our community, please, go to sbunified.org. Look at the positions we have available. They are temporary positions, they're three to five hours per day and if you love working with kids and want to help our community, please check us out on our website and apply for our positions." 

Salaries range from $15 dollars to $19 dollars an hour. Becchio said there are four key categories:  

  • *Custodians
  • *Para-Educators
  • *Playground Supervisors
  • *Substitute Teachers

"We have 20 positions for para-educators which will help us in the classrooms, help us with screening. We're looking to hire 10, 11 or 12 playground supervisors where they will help our kids get onto campus safely, taking temperatures, supervising kids in the morning and after school. We're also looking for at least six floater custodians so that when we have a custodian that's out, we never have an interruption in service, we have a custodian that can go right to the campus that's in need."

Para-educators are also needed to help with students who have special needs.

Becchio called these "unprecedented times" and stressed that SBUSD is looking for "good people" who want to get involved and help our community. 

For more information, click the following link: https://www.sbunified.org/

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Beth Farnsworth

Beth Farnsworth is the evening anchor for KEYT NewsChannel 3.

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