Perrysburg Schools see lowest substitute teacher numbers in decades

Perrysburg Schools is in need of substitute teachers (WNWO).

PERRYSBURG, Ohio (WNWO) -- Perrysburg Schools is in need of substitute teachers.

"It's always been a roller coaster about every 10 years, but this is the worst I have ever seen," said Aura Norris, executive director of human resources and operations, Perrysburg Schools.

Norris has been with the district for 30 years.

"Perrysburg has very rarely had problems recruiting anybody but now they are really feeling the pinch," said Norris.

After seeing a major decline in substitute teachers, they're asking for help.

"There is a nationwide shortage of teachers and that translates a shortage of substitute teachers because we used to have a large pool of sub teachers because there were a lot of teachers who weren't getting regular jobs," said Norris. "Now those teachers are getting regular jobs and it really has cut into the pool of candidates we have available for sub teaching."

To qualify, you must have a bachelor's degree, pass a background check and one more simple, but important requirement.

"You have to love kids and you have to have the knack with kids, you have to really be able to relate to kids and that's why we interview people," said Norris.

Perrysburg Schools play $110 a day for subs. The requirements are the same across the state, but pay varies between districts.

Toledo Public Schools is also in need of subs. According to job listing, they pay between $91.17 to $113.15 per day.

A day that's not always easy money.

"It's a tough job, there is no doubt about it. You are tired at the end of the day, the kids are going to take every bit of energy that you have but it is so rewarding and it is flexible."

You can find the applications at the following links:

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