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DD2 recruiting parents, community members for substitute teaching positions

Published: Oct. 4, 2021 at 2:27 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2021 at 4:22 PM EDT
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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - Dorchester School District Two is getting creative to fill the vacancies for substitute teachers in their district.

According to DD2, they are asking for parents and community members to step up and be substitutes teachers in classrooms.

“We’ve found that there are folks out there who maybe just don’t know this opportunity is available,” said Scott Matthews, DD2′s assistant director of personnel. “We want to make sure that everyone is aware of our need and how important it is.”

The DD2 website shows non-certified teachers will get $90 a day and certified subs will get $120 a day.

According to Matthews, DD2 is on the search for dozens of new substitutes.

“Our goal right now is to get 100 more additional substitutes,” he said.

Patrick Kelly with the Palmetto State Teachers Association said not having enough subs takes a toll, not only on students and their education but also on teachers and other staff.

He said substitute teachers are a key part of a child’s education.

“We’ve increasingly had to rely on substitute teachers, not just to take care of the day-to-day operational needs of our schools, but really the long-term operational needs of our schools,” Kelly said. “And really, the success of our students is tied up in our ability to recruit and retain substitute teachers.”

According to DD2′s website, there are incentives for substitute teachers like a Friday bonus or long-term assignment bonus. The next substitute workshop that you can still register for will be held on October 20 and November 3.

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