Monday, January 29, 2001

Schools recruit substitute teachers

By Cindy Kranz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Facing a shortage of substitute teachers, two school districts are teaming up to train potential candidates.

        The Oak Hills and Northwest districts are sponsoring two days of training.

        “The shortage is apparent locally, statewide and nationally,” said Sharon Wood, personnel director for Oak Hills. “On a given day several hundred substitutes are needed in Hamilton County.”

        Northwest needs an average of 50 substitutes each day. If there's a shortage, classes are canceled or teachers use planning periods to cover another teacher's class.

        The strong economy and lack of graduating education majors have been partly to blame, said Diane Brunsman, director of human resources for Northwest.

        Substitute pay varies by district. Oak Hills pays $76 a day; Northwest pays $75.

        Training includes temporary certification and a background check, required for employment by the schools.

        After the training, individuals may interview with the districts of their choice.


               • What: Substitute teacher training.

        • When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday.

        • Where: Rapid Run Middle School, 6345 Rapid Run Road, Delhi Township.

        • Who: Anyone with a bachelor's degree.

        • Cost: $10.

        • To register: 598-2953.


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