Short of teachers, Hillsborough recruits top bosses to fill in

December 15, 2018

Florida district comes up with a novel way to deal with a teaching shortage at some struggling schools. Top administrators are volunteering to help in the classroom for the rest of the year.

 Four Hillsborough schools that are grappling with teacher vacancies will get an assist in January from the administrative ranks in downtown Tampa.

Onetime teachers who rose to some of the highest levels of the school system have volunteered for classroom duty at James and Kimbell Elementary, Woodson and Sulphur Springs K-8 schools.

The 14 who signed up so far include assistant superintendent Tricia McManus, who will report to work at James in East Tampa, and chief academic officer Deborah Cook, who will teach at Kimbell in North Tampa.