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Area schools are experiencing teacher shortages

Dear Editor,

We want to let the community know about a significant shortage we are experiencing in the field of education across the state.  

To date, we have nearly 3,000 teaching positions not yet filled across Illinois.  

This means that area schools are going without certified or qualified staff, and/or schools are eliminating programs. 

While Forrestville Valley continues to have highly qualified staff in front of our students, our goal is to retain our great people.

As one way to attract high quality staff for our openings throughout the district, Forrestville Valley now offers, for any staff member employed by the district, tuition free opportunities for their children.  

This option is possible through the recent waiver issued by the Illinois State Board of Education.  

Any staff member who lives outside the boundaries of Forrestville Valley may elect to have his or her children attend Forreston and German Valley Schools in grades K-12 at no out of district tuition cost.  

The district is currently seeking applicants for teachers for the 2019-2020 school year to include the following: HS science teacher, JH social studies teacher, school bus drivers, and a variety of coaching and advising positions. 

Please visit our website at to learn more about these openings and how to apply.

Forreston Junior/Senior High School and Forreston Grade School were both designated as Exemplary schools by the Illinois State Board of Education this year. 

This designation places our schools in the top 10 percent of all Illinois public schools.  

We are one of the few rural schools to offer a comprehensive Project Lead the Way STEM Curriculum through our junior high robotics class and high school engineering pathway courses. 

We look forward to adding to our culture of excellence next school year.

Sheri Smith


Forrestville Valley School District

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