Lafayette Parish Substitute Teacher Shortage - KLFY News 10

November 20, 2006

Lafayette Parish Substitute Teacher Shortage

The Lafayette Parish School System needs help each day filling hundreds of jobs on public school campuses.

But, that help has been harder and harder to find.

There are roughly 2400 teachers currently in the system.

Each day, there are about 320 teachers who miss work.

School system officials say that number can climb to nearly 500 on Fridays or Mondays.

Personnel officials say there aren't enough substitutes to meet that need.

A shortage in subs may force the Lafayette Parish School System to raise its pay for fill-in teachers.

Superintendent Dr. James Easton says right now, the board doesn't feel like its pay is competitive enough.

An automated system that was put into place earlier this year helps prove the problem.

The system notifies subs of openings at schools.

It also monitors how many employees are out on a daily basis.

Human resources director, Mona Bernard says right now, there are about 15 to 20 openings that can't be met on a daily basis.

Bernard says with unemployment being low, substituting with the school district is not one of the high priorities that they've been choosing.

Bernard says the school system is holding more frequent training courses to get substitutes in the classroom faster.

She says the board is having a campaign drive to try and make people aware that there are opportunities available.

Lafayette Parish school officials say applicants can sometimes be ready to substitute teach in a matter of weeks.

Teaching isn't the only job with shortages.

The school system is also looking for people to help with support jobs like custodians, maintenance, cafeteria workers and bus drivers.

For more information, visit the Lafayette Parish School System or call 521-7050.

Mike Steele, TV 10 Eyewitness News

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