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Focus 5: Staff Recruitment & Retention

TPS knows that all staff play a vital role in the education of students. From teachers and administrators to support staff and cafeteria workers, each person contributes to the success of a school. When all staff feel valued, they are more likely to be engaged and committed to their work, which can lead to better outcomes for each and every student.

A positive school climate is also essential for student success. When students feel safe and supported, they are more likely to be engaged in learning.

Staff shortages are a nationwide issue, and it is more expensive to recruit and train new staff than it is to retain existing staff. When a district has a strong retention rate, it can save resources and make an impact on students.

See below for some highlights related to staff recruitment and retention from the 2022-23 school year. 


staff members

nonteaching and support staff employees

Approximately 58% of the members of the teaching staff hold master’s degrees.

TPS sets new employees up for success through mentoring programs and year-round professional development opportunities.

Professional Development Opportunity: TAAP Leadership Academy

Yearly, the TAAP Leadership Academy provides around 375 new and veteran administrators with opportunities to grow professionally and individually.

Newly appointed administrators become part of the Administrative Performance Program (APP) and they will receive a seasoned administrator to serve as their mentor. APP mentors and mentees are required to attend monthly professional development series that focus on developing instructional leadership skills. 


Quarterly, both seasoned and newly appointed administrators are invited to attend professional learning sessions called “Nuts and Bolts”. These learning sessions focus on building leadership skills. TAAP Leadership also offers professional learning opportunities through the online professional learning program, for those who would like to be future principals and the TAAP Leadership Academy offers educational classes through Bowling Green State University.

TPS Awarded $10 Million  

TPS was awarded $10 million by the United States Department of Education. Of 13 total grants, TPS was the only awardee in the state of Ohio. This Teacher and School Leader (TSL) Incentive Program Grant was devoted to PROUD: Partnerships, Resources, and Opportunities for Urban Districts. 2022-23 was year three of the grant.

Read more about the grant and work accomplished across the district. 

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