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Greater Clark County Schools offering new incentive to get substitute teachers in the classroom

The district says it started off strong at the beginning of the school year, but after a spike in cases, many subs went home and didn't return.

CLARK COUNTY, Ind. — Greater Clark County Schools is offering an incentive to get back on the job, this time for substitute teachers.

On Tuesday, the district approved an additional $75 a week for any sub who works five consecutive days. If a substitute works every week, that means a few hundred extra dollars each month.

Subs are needed to step in for teachers and their paraeducators, who may work with kindergartners or in special needs classrooms.

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The district said its staff started off strong at the beginning of the school year, with more vaccinations and low case numbers, but after a spike in cases weeks into school, many subs went home and haven't returned.

"On a normal year, I have 260 to choose from," Nicole Curry, the district manager over GCCS subs said. "Now, I have 128. Out of that, cut that in half that are actually working."

The district is continuing to sanitize every classroom, social distance and a mask mandate remains in place. 

Officials said they're doing everything they can to keep students and staff safe.

If you would like to apply to be a substitute teacher in Greater Clark County Schools, you can find more information here.

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