Enrollment boom means job opportunities | Mukilteo Schools

By Dr. Marci Larsen, Superintendent | Jan 04, 2017

Do you enjoy working with kids or know somebody who likes being around children? If so, we might have a job for you or your friend. If you’ve ever thought about working for a school district, now may be your big chance. We are looking for you.

A number of factors have combined to leave us with a critical need for additional staff members. Our student enrollment has increased for the last several years, and we fully expect that it will increase next year. Birth rates have been increasing steadily in Snohomish County, which means more children enrolling in school five years later, and we are seeing a boom in new housing in our school district.

Next time you’re near the Home Depot store on Hwy. 99, you might want to take some time to go exploring that area south of 128th Street near Lake Stickney. All of that is within our school district and you’ll be amazed by the construction. On Admiralty Way, for example, there’s a development underway that includes 139 homes: 91 townhouses and 48 single-family residences. Not far from our brand-new Lake Stickney Elementary, another huge apartment complex is under construction that will have 182 units, most with two bedrooms or more, which means they will likely contain school-age children.

Enrollment growth always creates more demand for school employees to provide them services. But, next year, our need for new staff members will be even greater because two big things will happen: we will open another new school and we will transition to full-day kindergarten for every kindergarten student in the school district. Full-day kindergarten means we will need about twice the number of kindergarten teachers and additional support staff than we have today.

Our need for staff members isn’t just off into the future, either. We are short of employees right now. Like every other school district in the state, we can’t find enough substitute teachers to meet our current needs. What’s more, with unemployment as low as it is, we have a hard time finding enough paraeducators, custodians, bus drivers, and food service employees, too.

To be a substitute teacher, you’ll need to have a state teaching certificate. Because of the shortage of qualified people, however, we also have a large number of emergency substitutes. To be qualified for that you’ll need a four-year degree and some experience working with students. By the way, we pay our substitute teachers $148 a day.

You’ll need one of three qualifications to be a paraeducator. You must have an AA degree or higher, or at least 48 semester-credits or 72 quarter-credits in college, or you’ll have to pass a ParaPro Assessment test. Many paraeducators start out as substitutes then transition to full-time positions. As a substitute, you’ll make $16.21 an hour.

The other positions I mentioned also often start as substitutes then become full-time, if that’s what the person wants. A substitute bus driver makes $21.76 an hour, a substitute custodian gets $21.18 an hour, and a substitute food service worker receives $14.54 an hour.

If you are interested in any of the positions that I’ve mentioned, we definitely have an interest in you. The staff members in our human resources department are happy to guide you through the process of applying for positions and answering questions about various position qualifications and requirements.

For those who have an interest in becoming a teacher, we’ll also hold a job fair on Feb. 11 to help recruit good teachers to our school district and answer questions for those interested in the teaching profession. Watch for details in the weeks ahead.

If you are interested in working for us at the Mukilteo School District, send an email to personnel@mukilteo.wednet.edu. Or, if you’d rather talk to somebody, please don’t hesitate to call Linda at 425-356-1325 or Debbie at 425-356-1326. And, be sure to tell them that Marci sent you.

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