Job fair will promote school careers
The Park Rapids Area Schools hope to interest members of the community in a wide range of jobs as the school district continues to grow.
The Park Rapids Area Schools are hosting a job fair next week in the hope of piquing interest in the community to fill career positions with the school district.
The job fair will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13, in the main concourse at Century School.
Featured jobs include custodial, food service, transportation, community education, nursing, secretarial and special education positions, as well as teachers, substitutes and paraprofessionals. Tables will be directly hosted by the school principals, department supervisors and program directors.
“We’ve got some transportation and custodial positions, currently right now, that we’re attempting to hire for,” said human resources specialist Marie Skoblik. “We’ve got a couple of paraprofessional positions that are open, and will be setting up interviews soon.”
She said they’re also working hard to find more substitute teachers and substitute paraprofessionals, noting that anyone with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university can hold a short-call sub license in Minnesota.
“It does not have to be a teaching degree,” said Skoblik. “But really, what we’re trying to do is promote what careers our district offers to the community.”
She said the district hopes members of the community will take interest and come to learn more about what it means to be a member of the Public School District 309 team.
“Our wages are competitive with other districts in our area,” said Skoblik. “We have a healthy benefits package, where we pay 100% of an employee’s benefits, including health insurance, life insurance, long-term disability and so forth.”
She added that many people find school careers appealing because “the schedule that we have for our staff matches the schedule that their kids attend school, so a lot of times our staff are done after school and they have their summers off, so they’re home with their kids.”
However, she said, there are school career opportunities that extend into the summer, with summer school, targeted services and extended school year programs.
Due to COVID-19, the district hasn’t had a job fair for about three years, Skoblik said. “Now we feel the need, with our referendum being passed, and the next few years of growth that we anticipate with our new school being built, it lends for an opportunity to increase our staff size and to offer other career opportunities for additional staff.”
Skoblik said they plan to hold the job fair annually, going forward.
Available positions are posted on the school district’s website, www.parkrapids.k12.mn.us/parkrapids.k12.mn.us/domain/578, as well as edpost.stcloudstate.edu, www.indeed.com and www.jobshq.com.