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Local districts struggling to find substitute teachers

MONROE COUNTY, NY (WROC) - We are more than half way through the school year and some local districts are still having trouble finding substitute teachers.

In West Irondequoit, the problem is so great that often regular teachers are used to fill-in for substitutes.

We spoke with Deputy Superintendent Tim Terranova who tells us it's been a constant struggle finding qualified substitute teachers. He says they're now working with local colleges to get students seeking teaching degrees to fill-in for some of the subs.

"It's significant,” said Tim Terranova. “You have administrators scrambling around an hour and a half to two hours before school starts trying to make sure classrooms are filled with competent people. If we can't find them, then we have either pull some teachers back from professional development that might be occurring."

He also adds that, in extreme cases, classes will have to get combined with others if they're short-staffed. The goal is to have at least 30 of those openings filled by September. 

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