Northside Independent School District needs to fill 200 jobs in transportation, maintenance, police and food services.
They held a job fair Monday to find the people to fill them.
Adolph Duran is one of the applicants. He wants a job as a food service manager.
"Sometimes you have to have a pretty tough skin, because sometimes you don't cook the meals like their mom did," he said.
Duran isn't talking about school kids -- he's talking about the 175 sailors he used to feed as a food service officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.
After 21 years in the military, he wants to work with kids, because the schedule works well for his kids, he said.
"It's one of the main reasons: to have the summers off with them and still be able to, after a work day, take them to baseball or football practice or whatever it is they need to to," Duran said.
Those perks can also create high turnover. The district loses employees every year to year-round jobs.
Plus, they need to serve 3,000 new students next year.
"I've been with the district for about 18 years, and Northside has increased about 2,000 to 3,000 students every year since I've been here. So it's kind of crazy here, but we're used to the growth," Lori Graves, assistant director of operations for Child Nutrition, said.
For food services, this isn't a big hiring year, because there's only one new elementary school opening. Last year, there were five.