They came from nine Maryland colleges and from universities in Pennsylvania, Virginia and elsewhere. More than half of them are Carroll County residents.

They are the 111 teachers hired for Carroll's 32 schools for the 1991-1992 school year. Some of them are former teachers and teachers returning from leave.

"We're very pleased with our hiring," said Gwyn M. Weaver, personnel associate. "We hired a group of good-caliber people to come teachwith us."

Many were culled during an extensive search involving the efforts of administrators, supervisors, principals and teachers who spent several months visiting colleges and universities throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

Like other school districts across Maryland and the nation, Carroll recruits to find the best for its classrooms. Recruiting allows districts to be more selective in choosing applicants, school officials said.

Carroll generally hires about 100 teachers a year. Teachers were needed this year to fill new positions at two new elementary schools -- Piney Ridge in Eldersburg and SpringGarden in Hampstead -- and to accommodate enrollment growth and the needs of special education students.

Although teacher shortages continue to exist in some areas, such as special education, Director ofPersonnel William R. Rooney said Carroll was successful in finding applicants for all positions.

Among the teaching positions filled were 31 elementary; five middle school and five high school science; four social studies; six mathematics; two English; seven music (choral, instrumental and general); nine physical education; and four guidance counselors.

Special education positions filled included 10 for children with learning problems; six for special needs; two speech therapists and one occupational therapist. Some of the positions were previously subsidized by the federal government.

Salaries ranged from the beginning teacher's annual wage of $23,370 to $42,139 for a teacher with a master's degree and 30 more graduate credits. A majorityof the hires -- 59 -- fell in the beginners' category.

The price tag for the new hires was $3.03 million.

Superintendent R. Edward Shilling said there is a perception in the community that the district hires teachers right out of college. However, the district attemptsto strike a balance in its hiring of beginning and experienced teachers, he said.

About 60 percent of the district's hires this year were beginning teachers.

"That's a little bit farther from the 50-50 percent we've had in the past," he said.

Fifty-six hires came from Maryland colleges: Frostburg, Hood, Loyola, Notre Dame, Salisbury State, Towson State, the University of Maryland, University of Maryland-Baltimore County and Western Maryland College.

The district hired 23 men and 88 women. The number of males is up from 12 the previous year, Weaver said. She added that the number of men hired varies from year to year.

"We don't have any quotas we try to fill," she said. "We try to fill a position with the best-qualified person."

The same criterion applies to the screening of Carroll County candidates, Weaver said. This year, the district hired 58 county residents, down from 65 the previous academic year.

"Carroll people get looked at very closely," she said. "But they have to compete like all other applicants."

Although hiring is completed, the district does have a few positions on hold, such as two elementary teaching positions. Those positions will be filled if enrollment figures show the need formore teachers, Weaver said.

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