By Camaron Abundes
BIG SPRING- When a teacher is out sick, it takes a qualified substitute to pick up where they left off, but all over the basin that is a constant challenge.
"You have a pool of candidates that can work for you, but they may not be available, five days a week or they might have a part time job," said Big Spring Independent School District, Assistant Superintendent, Carie Dunnam, "So putting those warm bodies in classrooms to be responsible for students is always a concern for us."
The Big Spring District needed twenty two subs on Monday, but could only find 19 to fill in, when that happens teacher's aids, teachers with a free period, or administrators must step in. Midland and Ector school officials also say they have a challenge with substitutes, because subs are free to chose their availability, and to decline a job whenever they want.
"They are rare but at times we have had to pull several classrooms into our auditorium to cover those classes that day with two or three subs and different activities," said Dunnam.
That's why she wants to spread the word that anyone who wants to help should.
"It would help to get as many candidates trained and signed up to help our district." she said.
To work at Big Spring schools, an applicant should be able to pass a background check, have 48 college hours, and must go through district training.