BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Over 230 positions are still open in the East Baton Rouge school district, but they’re creating a different approach to help fill these vacancies.

Faculty and staff of East Baton Rouge Parish schools decided to take a “DMV approach.” Anyone who wants to be a teacher, but has trouble submitting documents, can connect hand and hand — to succeed in getting a job within the district.

Chief Human Resources Officer of EBRPSS Nichola Hall states that there are exactly 108 positions within the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. She then explains that some of the East Baton Rouge Parish Schools, due to teacher shortages, have had to combine and collapse classrooms.

“It was daunting at times, and it can be, it still is, especially on the day-to-day basis, if I’m losing teachers,” said Hall.

On Wednesday, the team created the idea of “Connecting to Succeed.” A place to meet applicants in person, help with personal documents, and provide information on personal growth as an educator or working for the district.

“I think this is what I needed,” said Monica Bass, an applicant. “‘Cause I applied a couple of months ago, and basically never got a response.”

Applicants had to bring a resume, cover letter, official transcripts, PRAXIS 1 Exemption Documentation, and ParaPro Scores.

“We can target anybody, anywhere that wants to become a teacher and we can help them define what they need,” said EBRPSS Teacher Recruitment Manager Dana Morrison.

One of the candidates, Huel Pate, works with students who have autism, and applied for a child-specific position, in hopes to continue to help his students in EBR.

“It’s rewarding to see people grow,” said Pate. “That’s like the biggest gift you can give out of, is like seeing the kids, actually learn.”

If you did not attend Wednesday’s event, but want to be recruited, they’re having a “Fall Fling” recruitment on September 24th. For more information, click here.