Fox Cities schools struggle to find substitute teachers

Fox Cities schools struggle to find substitute teachers

Fox Cities public schools are having a hard time finding enough substitute teachers.

Neenah Joint School District spokesman Jim Strick told the Post-Crescent that the district has about 20 spots to fill every day as teachers call in sick or take personal days. Filling day-to-day holes is harder than finding long-term subs when teachers take a leave of absence or have a child.

Appleton Area School District human resources director Julie King says it’s easier to fill a spot at middle or high schools, where teachers with a period to prepare lessons can step in if needed.

King said the shortage isn’t due to more teachers being sick, but retirements over the past several years that have allowed the district to hire young educators, who are more likely to take time off for maternity or paternity leave.

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