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Frequently Asked Questions

LOWNDES COUNTY SCHOOLS

HUMAN RESOURCES EMPLOYMENT

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Thank you for your interest in working with the professionals of Lowndes County Schools.

Before you submit an employment application, please familiarize yourself with the following Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.  This information should answer questions you may have and should also assist you when completing the employment process.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

1. Where can I find a list of your vacancies?

Certified vacancies are listed on the Human Resources Employment Page of Lowndes County Schools and at https://www.applitrack.com/lowndes/onlineapp. Please do not submit your application until you have read all of the information on this page, specifically the instructions for completing an employment application. 

Classified vacancies are listed on the Human Resources Employment Page of Lowndes County Schools at https://www.applitrack.com/lowndes/onlineapp.  Please do not submit your application until you have read all of the information on this page, specifically the instructions for completing an employment application. 

2. How do I apply for a position?

Certified applicants must submit an electronic application for employment at https://www.applitrack.com/lowndes/onlineapp and attach all supporting documents to the electronic application.

Classified applicants must submit an electronic application for employment at https://www.applitrack.com/lowndes/onlineapp and attach all supporting documents to the electronic application.

3. What is the difference between Certified and Classified positions?

Certified positions are those that require a Teaching, Service, Leadership or certificate issued by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.  Employment contracts are generally issued for these positions. Please refer to www.gapsc.com for the certification requirements for certified positions.

Classified positions are all other positions that require no state certificate for the position sought. Classified positions include the following: Bus Drivers, Bus Monitors, Custodians, Maintenance, School Nutrition, School Nurses, Physical and Occupational Therapists, Tudors, Clerical, and certain Directors, Assistant Directors and Coordinators. These are employment at-will positions. Contracts are not issued for these positions.

SPECIAL NOTE - Paraprofessionals are classified positions that require a Paraprofessional Certificate issued by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.  Please refer to www.gapsc.com for the certification requirements for paraprofessionals.  The minimum educational level required is a high school diploma or a GED equivalent. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (formerly known as No Child Left Behind) requires that certain paraprofessional positions, depending upon the funding source and school, hold an Associate Degree or have completed a minimum of two years of study (60 semester hours) at an approved and accredited institution of higher education.  This requirement may also be met by passing the ParaPro Assessment (See www.ets.org/parapro for details).

4. Will I be contacted for an interview?

The administrator/director will contact you if you are selected to participate in an interview.  Due to the large volume of applicants, not everyone will receive notice to interview. The administrator/director is responsible for screening, interviewing, and recommending applicants for employment.

5. How do I become certified to teach?

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission is the licensing agency for the State of Georgia. In order to teach in a public school in Georgia, a certificate is required. The Georgia Professional Standard Commission’s website can be accessed at www.gapsc.com. Please visit the website for detailed information regarding certification requirements.  Prospective educators should refer to the how to become a Georgia Educator link at http://www.gapsc.com/ProspectiveEducator/ProspectiveEducator.aspx for additional information.  Non-education majors should pay special attention to Rules 505-2-.01 through 505-2.04 found at www.gapsc.com.

6. Do you hire people on Provisional certificates?

Provisional certificates are no longer available; however, Lowndes County Schools accepts applications from candidates who hold or are eligible for Non-Renewable Professional certification.  Non-Renewable certificates are issued upon the request of the school district after all pre-certification requirements have been met and an employment recommendation has been approved.  Acceptance of this certificate may be limited by the Elementary and Secondary Act and Non-Renewable certificated individuals may not be eligible for certain federally funded positions.  Non-education majors should pay special attention to Rules 505-2-.01 through 505-2.04. Please note that the acceptance of an application of employment does not guarantee that you will be called for an interview and is does not guarantee employment for any term.

7. What is GTAPP?

The Georgia Teacher Academy for Preparation and Pedagogy is an “alternative” route to certification for non-educator prepared individuals who desire to enter the teaching profession.  Please refer to http://www.gapsc.com/EducatorPreparation/GaTAPP/GaTAPP.aspx and Rules 505-2-.01 through 505-2.04 at www.gapsc.com.  The Georgia Professional Standards Commission website also provides a listing of approved program providers for GTAPP and traditional educator preparation programs.

Now you are ready to complete your employment application.

CERTIFIED APPLICANTS

(Teachers, Administrators, Service Employees and Paraprofessionals)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - Lowndes County welcomes applications from all applicants who hold or are eligible for appropriate educator certification in Georgia or have professional certification in another state that qualifies applicants for Georgia certification. 

CERTIFICATION QUESTIONS - Please refer to www.gapsc.com for information on initial Georgia certification requirements, certification reciprocity from another state and/or renewal of an expired certificate. 

CERTIFICATION RESPONSIBILITY - It shall be the sole responsibility of the employee to secure and maintain appropriate educator certification that is required for the position assigned while employed by Lowndes County Schools. Failure to do so may prohibit employment and/or result in non-renewal of your employment contract.

GENERAL APPLICATION INFORMATION

 

You should have the following information available when completing your application:

1. Experience: Dates of teaching, student teaching, substitute teaching, and non-teaching experience, name of school/organization, name of supervisor, contact phone number and email address;
2. Professional References: Three professional references including name, title, organization, work phone, and home phone and email address, if available;
3. Education: Colleges/universities attended, degree earned, major subject and graduation date; and  
4. Licenses: Professional certification, date of issue and expiration, license type, level, endorsement and description.

Documents Required from Certified Instructional/Service/Administrative Applicants:

 

Please submit the following information by attaching the documents to your electronic application:

Georgia Certified Teaching Applicants in All Fields:
1.  A copy of your current Georgia certificate; and

2.  Official copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

Special Education Provisional Certificate Applicants:
1.  Letter of acceptance into an approved Special Education Certification Program;

2.  GACE professional Admissions assessment; and

3. Certified copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

Out of State Certified Applicants:
1. Copy of the state certificate;

2. Copy of the out-of-state educator assessment required for certification in a state other than Georgia; and

2. Certified copies of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

Administrative Applicants: In addition to the information requested for certified applicants you must submit:

1.      A current resume.

 

CERTIFIED AND CLASSIFIED APPLICANTS

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

STEP 1: Application

Certified applicants should:

 

1.      Complete the electronic application at   https://www.applitrack.com/lowndes/onlineapp.

 

2.      After completing the application, you must apply for the specific position that you are interested in filling.

 

Classified applicants should:

 

1.      Complete the electronic application at   https://www.applitrack.com/lowndes/onlineapp.

 

2.      After completing the application, you must apply for the specific position that you are interested in filling.

 

STEP 2: Screening

Applications are reviewed by administrators/directors who determine if the applicants meet the minimum requirements for the position(s).

STEP 3: Position Interviews

Administrators/directors select applicants from among the qualified applicants and schedule interviews. Applicants are generally interviewed at the school/department where the vacancy exists. After the interviews have been completed, the administrators/directors make employment recommendations to the Human Resources Department.

STEP 4: Reference Checks

The administrator/director will check the references you provide.

STEP 5: Appointment

All individuals are employed by official action of the Board of Education upon recommendation of the Superintendent.  Among the documents required upon employment, depending on your work experience and the position, include:

1.      US Military Form DD214 if prior military;

2.      Transcripts from all colleges and universities;

3.      Paraprofessional Assessment test scores;

4.      I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification information;

5.      Authorization for Criminal Background Check; and

6.      Verification of previous work experience.

STEP 6: Post-Employment Session

After approval for employment by the Board of Education, new employees will be scheduled to complete all remaining employment forms and be fingerprinted for criminal background check. Certain criminal convictions may disqualify an applicant for employment when the criminal conviction is reported by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and/or the Georgia Crime Information Center.

Employees new to Lowndes County Schools will be required to attend a New Employee Orientation as scheduled by the district.

If you have any problems completing the electronic application, please contact the employment portal help desk. If after contacting the help desk you are still unable to complete the application, please contact the Human Resources Department.

Thank you for your interest in working with Lowndes County Schools.