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Carthage School District dealing with substitute teacher shortage

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 The assistant superintendent of the Carthage School District says he's having a hard time getting enough substitute teachers for the upcoming school year.

According to the assistant superintendent, substitute teachers were used about 4,200 days district-wide the last school year.  The assistant superintendent says this amounts to, on average, 25 substitute teachers used in one day within the district.

School officials say there are several factors contributing to this shortage.

"I think sometimes it's the pay that comes out, although we pay similar amounts to other school districts, at 85 dollars (per day).  It's very difficult to know you're on call anytime.  And it takes a love of kids to be able to go in and adjust to different teaching styles and whatever the situation might be," says Assistant Superintendent Mark Baker.

"Honestly, in Carthage, you have to have a substitute teacher that's willing to understand the Hispanic culture and potentially speak Spanish or understand it a little bit.  That will definitely help," says Baker.

Other school districts in the area say they, too, are going through a substitute teacher shortage.  Many of them say it's because of a rule within the new healthcare mandate, governing offering healthcare coverage based on hours worker.  The assistant superintendent of the Carthage School District says the healthcare mandate is not, however, causing a shortage for his district.

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