LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The Lafayette Parish School System has hired more than 170 new teachers who will start the first day of school on Aug. 12.

Last week, the district declared a critical shortage of teachers with about 40 vacancies, the majority in areas such as math, science and special education.

District officials say it has made more hires in the past week.

The district started a three-day training seminar for the new hires Thursday. The seminar is a chance to brief the new employees on district policies and state education laws and to discuss educational content expectations.

Sandra Billeaudeau, assistant superintendent, tells The Advocate at least 224 teachers attended Thursday' training.

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