The Wake County school system has eased a teacher hiring freeze that was put in place for the 2010-11 school year because of state budget cuts.
Principals were told last week that they could hire people in a variety of areas, including physical education teachers, K-6 classroom teachers who don't teach electives or specials and middle school and high school teachers in math, English, Social Studies and science. Principals can also hire assistant principals now.
Previously, the freeze implemented in April only exempted the hiring of English As A Second Language and special education teachers.
The freeze was modified after Wake was able to place many of the teachers and teacher assistants who had to be transferred to different schools because of the budget situation.
Last week's memo said 100 people still had to be placed. It's now down to six teachers and 10 teacher assistants as of today.
The easing of the freeze means principals can rehire some of the teachers whose contracts expire at the end of this month.
The freeze is still in place for positions not based in schools, such as central office jobs.