We’re smack dab in the middle of the hiring season for school district’s across the North Country.

And in years past, it’s been a time where administrators pick from pools of qualified candidates.

But that’s not the case anymore as New York finds itself in the middle of a teacher shortage.

In fact, from the school years from 2002 through 2013, the number of teaching degrees handed out at SUNY schools decreased by over 2,500.

According to the Watertown Daily Times, the economic hardship facing schools, which started to take hold around 2008, is a big reason why students started veering away from teaching and moving into other fields.