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Flu eats up substitute teaching fund

Published 9:28am Saturday, February 16, 2013

BY STEPHEN H. COWLES/CONTRIBUTING WRITER
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ISLE OF WIGHT—The cold and the flu season has taken a toll on the substitute-teaching fund in Isle of Wight County Schools.

As a result, central office employees are stepping in to teach, and students are being shuffled to other classrooms.

“IWCS is not out of funding for substitutes, but the reduced budget is already very stretched with several months left in the school year,” said Superintendent Katrise Perera.

The budget included $364,886 for substitute teachers. As of January, $231,186 had been spent, leaving $133,700.

“In an effort to save teaching positions in this year’s budget, significant cuts were made in several areas and substitute funding was among those,” said Perera.

Principals were asked to save money and find creative solutions so students are still being taught when their regular teachers are out, she said.

“The choice was to either keep teachers from losing their jobs or find ways to cover the reduced substitute budget. We chose to keep our teachers,” Perera said.

  • buddy86

    *shakes fist at flu* Curse you!!!

    I commend the IWCS Administrators for finding ways to keep the kids learning in the classroom while their teacher is out. I think having them split between classes is a small price to pay when you look at the bigger picture. Another teacher would do a far better job than an a substitute would — and that’s nothing personal against subs either!

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  • IOW CITIZEN

    People it is a matter of “the show must go on” with or without the teacher. Unlike the business world, when a worker is out their work waits on them. In the educational world, class will still have to be held even if the teacher is not there… I, too, noted at the last board meeting that Supt. Perera mandated all certified central office staff sub a few days this semester. From what I understood she, too, will adjust her schedule to help out…. Lastly, my kids are no longer in school but I would rather them be in a class with another teacher learning than with a sub who can truly only “babysit.” Budgets are tight and I applaud the IoW School division for saving the teacher spots and making do with less.

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  • franklingirlbytransfer

    Teachers can’t help if they get sick and are out of school. Kids get sick and parents write excuses for them. No one blinks an eye. BUT…when teachers are sick, it’s their fault. It’s the teacher’s fault that the STATE didn’t give the COUNTY enough money to FUND the budget. And….at the IWCS school I deal with NO CENTRAL office staff has been used…the kids are split between instructional assistants or classes are combined.

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    • BlindSquirrel

      Where in the article did you see any mention that when teachers are sick, it’s their fault? You didn’t because it is not there. Your statement…It’s the teacher’s fault that the STATE didn’t give the COUNTY enough money to FUND the budget…is not in the article either. And the article did not say Central Office staff was being used as substitutes in every school. Your statement…the kids are split between instructional assistants or classes are combined…is on point and was mentioned at the School Board meeting this past Thursday, 2/14/13.

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    • lakegirl

      “the kids are split between instructional assistants or classes are combined”

      The comment about using Instructional Assistants as subs makes me wonder if they are SpEd funded IAs? Is that approved by SpEd at Central Office?

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  • shocked

    Having central office personnel serve as substitutes on a rotating basis is a great idea! I’m sure it’s so easy to lose “touch” with the students when you are not in their learning environment. This would provide a brief glimpse into current problems teachers are facing. This is an interesting concept indeed!

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  • lakegirl

    I think Central Office staff and Perera should be used as substitutes. It would give them a true sense of what teachers do. Maybe they could see how the new I-Pads are being truly utilized.

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    • BlindSquirrel

      Central staff is being used as substitutes. It was put out at School Board meeting on Thursday 2/14/13. Also, most of the substitutes were at elementary schools, who do not have i-pads. Maybe you would share with the rest of us what teachers do and how the i-pads are being truly utilized.

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