Bethel continues to grow at historic pace

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Did you know the Bethel School District employs more people in Pierce County than Amazon, Boeing, or the City of Tacoma?

Bethel is now the county’s seventh largest employer, and its 2,465 full-time workers makes it the second largest school district in Pierce County, behind only Tacoma Public Schools.

In fact, Bethel has more employees than the Sumner and Clover Park school districts combined, and those numbers will only go up in the coming years as more and more families move into the district.

New residents are flooding into all corners of Pierce County, but the growth is especially heavy in unincorporated areas, such as Spanaway and Graham.

More families means more students in the school district, which means Bethel has to hire more teachers to keep up. The district has gained 51 employees since the 2015–2016 school year, but more are needed.

“We’re growing,” said Mel Boyd, Bethel’s Director of Human Resources. “We recently hit the 20,000-student threshold. We had more than 400 new students this year and we’re only going to continue to grow by thousands of students in the coming years. “

Bethel’s student population has grown 1,800 students since its last new schools were opened in 2009. From October 2016 to October 2017, Bethel added 450 students. And demographic projections indicate that another 3,000 students will arrive in the next 10 years.

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In order to keep class sizes small, Bethel is looking to hire new teachers throughout the district.

Boyd, who grew up in the area and attended Bethel schools, said there are countless reasons teachers should be interested in working in the district. In addition to the competitive salary and the support they get from mentors and administrators, Boyd pointed to unique perks like the steep discount for childcare offered to Bethel employees.

Bethel is home to a number of award-winning schools, and every year the district sends students to some of the best colleges in the world.

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Evergreen Elementary staff members. Evergreen was recently named a National Title I Distinguished School.

“We develop challenging learning environments and rigorous goals for our students knowing they can achieve them. We’re pushing them to be the best they can be and to be productive citizens who will hopefully give back to Bethel in some way, whether they become a teacher or just a great member of the community,” Boyd said.

Bethel will host a job fair in February to find qualified candidates to join the district for the 2018–19 school year. To be considered, job seekers need to apply to posting #3060 (BSD Educator Job Fair) on the district’s jobs website.

Once the online application is complete and submitted, the district will send qualified candidates a link to register for an interview. Interviews will be scheduled during the February 24 job fair.

If you have any questions, please contact our Human Resources department. They’ll be happy to help. (253-683-6000 or hr@bethelsd.org)

Helping kids learn is the driving force behind all we do in the Bethel School District.

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