New Britain Public Schools is dealing with a substitute teacher shortage. Officials said they are finding out it's having a big impact on students and their teachers.
School officials said some days 90 substitute teachers are needed in New Britain for grades preschool to 12th.
"We find ourselves anywhere from six to eight to 10 unfilled positions on a daily basis," said Bob Stacy, who is the chief human resources officer for New Britain Public Schools.
Officials said those numbers are impacting at least four classes every day and affecting how students are learning in the 15 schools in the district.
"The kids will end up being distributed among other classes if there are no subs so it has an impact on the ability of the other teachers who came in that day," Stacy said. "And now they're picking up 12 more students in their classes."
Stacy said it's also causing a strain on teachers as they have no choice but to teach additional classes and fill in for their sick colleagues.
The district needs 60 to 90 subs daily and they're not meeting that number.
Stacy said the shortage isn't just a New Britain problem but a statewide one. He said he thinks the shortage is due to subs finding permanent teaching jobs or moving on to other careers.
Stacy said he wants to get the word out so the problem can be fixed quickly.
"Any day you lose to not having the best education possible is a day you never get back," Stacy said.
The qualifications for a substitute teacher are a bachelor's degree, which can be in any field that's a state requirement.
The daily pay rate for a substitute teacher in New Britain is $75 for a non-certified substitute, $100 for a certified substitute and a long-term sub, which is after 20 days, is paid $125 per day.
Officials said that "certified substitute teachers" can be offered full-time teaching positions, the release said.
"Substitute teachers are welcomed and supported by administrators and teaching staff, as they play a critical role in shaping the educational experience of our students," school officials said in a release Monday.
The district finds more substitute teachers are needed on professional development days or during the cold season.
Some parents told Eyewitness News they did not know there was a shortage of substitute teachers and they said they want the district to keep them updated.
People interested in a substitute teaching position should email their resume to the Kelly Educational Staffing office at KES1761@KellyServices.com or call 860-674-1710 for more information.
To apply for a substitute teacher position, click here.
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