Which means, we've been skipping along using substitute teachers. And yes, that's plural.
Our substitute program was brought in-house a few years ago, so the subs are now employees of the District. Employees, yes, but without benefits. And that's the way the District wants to keep it. And since we have Obama Care, which would require the District to pay for their health insurance should they be considered full-time, the District has decided that substitutes can only work for 20 days before they have to take some time off. I'm not sure how long they have to take off, however.
So, at the beginning of the year, we had Mrs. Awesome Sub in for the seventh grade science position and man, she busted her tail and did a great job. I would go and help her when I could, especially those first few days when I didn't have kids, and she was a gem.
And she had to leave after 20 days.
So then they got another sub. I've never seen this man in the building before, but bless his heart, he should be home enjoying retirement and not dealing with obnoxious seventh graders. He appeared to be in his 80's. And as soon as I saw him, I knew that the kids on that team (who have been frequent flyers with me already) would chew him up and spit him out. Which they did. I think he made it through one day.
And now we're on to our third sub who actually retired from our building a few years ago because of the stress, He's a great guy, a veteran, and he doesn't take any crap from the kids. But like he said, if the stress gets too bad, he'll have to leave too.
So it begs the question...since school districts live, eat and breathe on test scores (as stupid as it is, that's the reality), wouldn't it make sense to have a good, qualified, substitute in there for the long haul, as opposed to changing them up every 20 days?
But apparently that's not important. Saving money is.