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Danville schools facing teacher shortage due to city's reputation

(WSET)

DANVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- The Danville City School system is tackling the challenge of finding teacher replacements after a school board meeting Thursday night where the school district announced they lost a teaching candidate due to the city's reputation.

The school board said the teacher initially took the job, but after people told her negative things on social media about the city, she declined.

Danville Superintendent, Dr. Stanley Jones said that's just part of the problem.

Right now, there's a nationwide teacher shortage with numbers being significantly less than five years ago.

"We hope that, before people make any decisions about our community that they will come and walk around the community. Meet me, meet our students, meet members of our community and parents and make their own perceptions," said Dr. Jones.

Right now Dr. Jones says the school has about 500 teachers with about 20 to 30 openings.

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