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Friday, January 18, 2008

Officials look into sub shortage

By Brian McCready , Milford Bureau Chief
MILFORD — A Joseph A. Foran High School parent’s concern has prompted school administrators to review the apparent lack of substitute teachers at the high schools.
But Superintendent of Schools Harvey B. Polansky said the shortage of substitute teachers is not a phenomenon just in Milford. He said there is a lack of substitute teachers across the state, especially at the high school level.
During a recent Board of Education meeting, Michael Taylor said his three children attend Foran and informed him they spend a lot of time in study halls because of a lack of substitute teachers.
“I thought in years past this issue had been addressed,” Taylor told school board members. “For a child not to be in class is inexcusable. Administration should address this immediately.”
After Taylor spoke, Polansky responded that Milford pays its high school substitutes more than adjacent communities.
“I wish there was an answer,” Polansky added. “We put ads in the papers. Pay is not the sole issue. We will do our best.”
Polansky also said it’s true that on some days there is a lack of substitutes, but he also said on many days the classes are all covered.
“It changes every day,” Polansky said.
Deputy Superintendent of Operations Philip G. Russell said substitute teachers statewide often specify they will not work at high schools.
“Some of it is the fear,” Russell said.
He said substitutes at the city’s high schools earn $90 a day, but Polansky noted that some Fairfield County towns pay up to $25 more.
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