With about one month to go before the beginning of the school year, schools officials in McCall have a big math problem to solve: They need a math teacher.
This week's McCall Star-News reports the McCall-Donnelly School District is having a tough time recruiting someone to teach Algebra I through Calculus. In fact, they've been trying to find a teacher since last April. It turns out that there's a nationwide shortage of math teachers and McCall is competing against private companies who can offer impressive salaries to math whizzes.
Meanwhile, McCall school officials say the high cost of living in their resort community is a major stumbling block. Additionally, they're struggling to lure out-of-state candidates because Idaho rules limit out-of-state experience when determining salary pay scales.
McCall school officials say they've found good candidates and have made some offers, but haven't had any luck in sealing the deal when it comes to salary.
The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 25.