ODESSA, TX (KWES) - On Monday, Ector County Independent School District Chief Human Resource Officer Keith Garinger, said the trip to Mexico on Wednesday is their "scouting party". As he and a few other members of the district start the process of finding the best teachers.
"We're leaving no stone unturned when it comes to finding the best teacher to put in front of our students here at Ector County," said Garinger.
Officials with ECISD will be heading almost eight hours Chihuahua, Mexico in their first phase of the plan to fill their teacher shortage.
"We are going to meet with representatives from the university, talk to them and sell them on our district," said Garinger.
Ector County ISD currently has 120 open teacher positions and the district said they need help in a few areas.
"What our needs are right now are in math, science, bilingual, and any technical area," said Garinger.
Garinger said the teachers universities are offering all have experience including holding Master's degrees. Along with that Garinger added the potential teachers are all ready to grow in their profession which makes finding the right ones a homework assignment they hope to pass with flying colors.
"We're really excited and hope that we'll have a successful trip," said Garinger.
Garinger said the trip couldn't have been done without the help of the Odessa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the district plans to make two more trips to Mexico in the spring and hire teachers for next fall.