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When nearly a dozen teachers at Greenwood schools announced they were retiring earlier this year, school officials immediately started looking for replacements.

Some of the teachers leaving Greenwood have 30 to 40 years of experience preparing lessons and assignments. They’ve learned how to spot the look on students’ faces when they don’t understand what’s going on; and the teachers know what to do to help.

Superintendent Kent DeKoninck knew most, though not all, of the positions would need to be filled, and he wanted to be sure that the most skilled teachers graduating from college or looking to transfer from other school districts applied and were interviewed for the openings. So Greenwood started posting information about the openings about two months ago, and now the school district is interviewing candidates and preparing to make job offers, he said.

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