Oct 18, 2015 10:45 AM
Nashua schools struggle to find substitute teachers
NASHUA - Low pay is partly to blame for the difficulty in finding substitute teachers for city schools.
According to the Telegraph of Nashua, the city is in desperate need of substitutes -- going so far as to invite parents to apply and holding a special job fair for potential applicants on Wednesday.
"The shortage has been growing over a number of years and has gotten worse. It doesn't help that we're one of the lowest-paying districts," said Superintendent Mark Conrad.
Nashua pays $65 per day for substitutes, while surrounding districts pays upward of $70 to $75 per day, he said.
Conrad said there just simply are not enough substitutes to meet demand.
"Every day, right now, we have classrooms we don't cover," he said. Without a teacher, supervision is provided by para-educators.
The shortage is across the district, but worse at the high schools since many substitutes prefer working with younger students, he said.
The district's substitute teacher job fair will run from 12-4 p.m. on Oct. 21 at the district's central office at 141 Ledge St.