ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – There’s a lot of interest from teachers wanting to work for the new Normandy Schools Collaborative. More than 200 pre-registered for a job fair held Thursday in the newly state-run district.

The state let go of the entire Normandy staff when it took over, leaving little time to hire an entire new staff before school starts next month. Every employee of the district had to reapply for their jobs once the state took over.

Normandy spokeswoman Daphne Dorsey says the hiring is an intensive process that’s going to ensure the applicants the district hopes to hire are “very qualified,” she says.

“Not only did they have to fill out an application, they had to take a Gallup assessment. They also had to download a lesson plan and write up a lesson plan, and if they were called in for an interview, present that lesson plan to the interview team,” Dorsey says.

Interviewers included superintendents from other St. Louis-area districts as well as state officials.

Before yesterday’s job fair, Normandy had filled about 80 percent of its positions needed for the coming school year, some with returning staff and some with new employees.

Would-be Normandy schools teachers say they’re not discouraged by the state take-over and transfer scramble.

Alex Norath was one of the more-than 200 who attended the job fair.

“I’m a young teacher; I’m only in my third year out of college,” he said. “I found out about this through the internet and some people who I know. And it’s just a good way to really get everyone involved in this community and in this change.”

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