Each year, Carroll County Public Schools hire about 100 teachers to fill vacancies and new positions.
To get the best candidates for the classroom, the county spends several months recruiting at collegesand universities in the mid-Atlantic region.
In "The Search For Excellence," our seven-part series that began Sunday, Carroll County Sun reporter Greg Tasker has been looking at the district's comprehensive recruiting program, which involves the efforts of about 50 administrators, supervisors, principals and teachers who screen more than a thousand applicants.
The applicants, fromcolleges in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, wantto teach.
Although Carroll County offers competitive beginning salaries, prospective teachers are looking for more than good wages today.
They're searching for school districts with modern teaching methods, such as Carroll's hands-on science program, and career satisfaction.
Sunday's articles included an overview of Carroll's recruiting program -- the time, cost and people involved. Other stories profiled several recruiters, looked at the district's teaching needs, andcompared Carroll with neighboring Frederick, Baltimore and Howard counties, which also travel the circuit.
The series concludes today with a look at two recent college graduates who were recruited to teach in Carroll schools, what those who are recruited look for in a job, why they may be considering Carroll County, and what happens now that the recruiting season has ended.
We're interested in your comments on the series. Please write to "The Search for Excellence," The Carroll County Sun, 15 E. Main St., Westminster, Md. 21157-5052.