WARREN - Within the first hour, more than 300 people seeking employment took advantage of a job fair hosted Wednesday by Warren City Schools.
Shawntel Six of Warren, a 2012 college graduate with a degree in special education, was among the many waiting in long lines to speak with Warren Schools Superintendent Michael Notar and other district officials.
''I've applied at several school districts for a job. This event was very nice and organized the way it was set up. You could meet the principals and superintendent. Everyone was very helpful,'' she said.
Tribune Chronicle photos / Bob Coupland
Harding High School Principal Dante Capers, left, speaks with Brian Goudy, a social studies education graduate from Medina, at a job fair Wednesday at the high school for various positions in the Warren City School District. In the first hour, more than 300 applicants filed through.
Brian Goudy of Medina Township said he grew up in Solon, and with his education degree, he is seeking to both teach social studies and be a football coach. He said when he heard of the job fair in Warren Schools, he wanted to drop off his credentials.
''I really want to teach and coach at a school like this,'' Goudy said.
Audrey Foreback of Warren, who has both a special education and elementary education degree from Slippery Rock University, said she would like to find a job locally but said she would be willing to look other places.
''The economy is tough right now. There seems like there will be more jobs and opportunities here in Warren soon, so why not apply for what is available?'' she said.
Lindsay Klein of Boardman said she has taught elementary school for the past 10 years at a charter school and is seeking employment in the public school sector.
''When I heard of the job fair, I wanted to be here to meet the school officials and drop off my resume,'' she said.
Bonita Klingman of Niles was seeking a custodial or kitchen position at one of the schools.
''This was very promising. I like being able to meet the officials,'' she said.
Klingman said she has gone through Civil Service boards for positions and liked the different setup with the job fair.
''I thought I would give this way a try to find employment. I have 20 years experience, a cooking degree and have a military background, which I hope will help,'' she said.
Lindsay Kovach of Howland, a grades fourth to ninth education major who is finishing her student teaching at McGuffey K-8 School and will graduate in May, said she is seeking a teaching position.
''I dropped off my resume and was able to meet several people with the schools. It was a fantastic and helpful experience,'' she said.
Board of Education member Bob Faulkner said in the past school year, the district hired 80 new employees and expects to hire more with upcoming retirements.
''This is an opportunity for a lot of people. We had over 300 people in the first hour looking for all kinds of jobs and positions in all areas. With changes in the retirement system, we expect many employees in Warren to be retiring,'' Faulkner said.
He said what he has noticed is that many former Warren residents want to come back.
He said he and other officials never expected to see so many people.
''We have people here from all over,'' he said.
Debbie Roth, a district bus driver, said there is always a need for bus drivers.
''We are the first person from the district that the children see each day. We are part of their day just like all the other Warren schools staff they see,'' she said.