The Hilliard City School District will hold a job fair from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at Davidson High School, 5100 Davidson Road.

The Hilliard City School District will hold a job fair from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at Davidson High School, 5100 Davidson Road.

Although 180 interview spots are already taken, walk-ins are welcome, according to district spokeswoman Amanda Morris.

Morris said 77 teachers will be retiring in the next two years, 55 of them this year.

"That's a lot of people, a lot of history that will be leaving the district," she said.

Teachers at all grade levels, and in math, science, English, as well as intervention specialists, are being sought at the job fair.

"We're still (attending) some of the traditional recruiting fairs, but not as many," Morris said. "There's a cost to them. This allows us to control our cost while doing our own recruiting and interviews in a more efficient process."

The district announced the job fair on Feb. 9, and a week later, all the spots were taken.

"It went like wildfire," said Roy Walker, director of human resources for the district. "We received notification that one professor at Ohio State made an announcement, and kids started leaving the room immediately and making phone calls to get appointments."

The district last held its own job fair "many years ago," Walker said. And although the district receives two to five applications on a normal day, there was need for a candidate pool. Now, people from all parts of the state and even someone from Florida have applied to appear at the job fair.

The applicants will be interviewed by 23 members of the district's staff conducting interviews, Walker said.

"We're hoping we can talk to every single person," Walker said. "If we find that we have an over- abundance of walk-in applicants, we may have to say we're not going to do 20-minute interviews, we're going to knock it down and do a meet-and-greet, look over their application, chat with them a few minutes."

Those who attend the job fair, whether they have an appointment or just walk in, will need to have their application and teacher insight interview completed by going to the employment section of the district's website, hilliardschools. org. They'll also need their license from the Ohio Department of Education or be eligible to receive it this summer. Current district employees, tutors or substitutes do not need to apply, he said.

Walker said that no one will be hired on the spot at the job fair. There will be other interviews, as well as reference and public records checks.

Before an offer is made, the candidate will be interviewed by Walker and Superintendent Dale McVey. The hiring should take place between May and early July, Walker said.

"We're going to make sure we get the right person," Morris said. "Our focus is to get the right person for right job, not just for this moment. We put a lot into our teachers, a lot into making sure they feel welcome and they are ready to be in front of kids, and they're up to our standards and focused."

For more information, call the district human resources office at (614) 921-7099.