NORFOLK, Neb. -- The Norfolk Public School District is looking to make some new hires for the next school year.

At Monday's board of education meeting, the need to hire new teachers in the district was made known. According to a strategic staffing proposal, the number of students requiring a special education teacher or English language learners (ELL) teachers is higher than in past years. 

The number of special education students has increased from 686 to 819 in the last four years. In the last four years, NPS's number of ELL students has increased from 203 to 232. It is, for this reason, the board approved a motion to hire three special education teachers and two ELL teachers.

Two of the special education teachers will teach at the elementary level, while one will remain at the high school and assist at the achievement center. For the ELL teachers, one will be a full-time teacher, while the other will only be half-time. The board also approved the search for a 3/4 grade teacher at Lincoln Montessori. The estimated cost of the hires totals $280,000.

The board also noted seven resignations they had received of teachers leaving at the end of the school year. The list of which can be found here.