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School districts face substitute teacher shortage

When a full-time teacher is out sick or on vacation, the Green Bay Area Public School District has a steady pool of substitute teachers. But that can challenging at times.
GREEN BAY, Wis.(WFRV) - As winter approaches, and with it the cold and flu season, some area school districts will face a challenge. Not enough substitute teachers.

When a full-time teacher is out sick or on vacation, the Green Bay Area Public School District has a steady pool of substitute teachers.  But that can challenging at times.

"The technology education, our Spanish bilingual, family-consumer science positions tend to be a little bit harder to fill," Randall Etten Director of Human Resources for the school district says.

Other area school districts, like Manitowoc, face the challenge of getting enough regular substitute teachers.

 "We've gone without a few teachers and luckily our staff has been willing to step up and fill those holes," Andrea Holschback, Human Resources Director for the Manitowoc Public School District says.

With fewer new teaching grads willing to take on substitute teaching, Manitowoc Schools are offering some incentives.

"We've had half-day subs in addition to asking people to be full-day subs, Holschback says.  "We've also increased our daily per diem rate."

Etten says, if comes to it, all districts can turn to some proven resources.

"We certainly would take a look at retired teachers that have worked in our district in those hard to fill areas."

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