GEORGETOWN, Ky. (LEX 18) — It is not what you would call a desperate situation, but Scott County school district officials would like to get ahead of the situation. The district has a shortage of substitute teachers and bus drivers, and it could become more noticeable as we move into the winter months.
“We are seeing the illnesses starting to hit, there’s been an uptick in those,” said Assistant Superintendent of Operations Billy Parker. “It’s challenging, but teachers and principals know it’s coming,."
Parker said it is not uncommon to see a shortage when the economy is strong, as people are securing full-time positions. He also said it is not uncommon for a substitute teacher to eventually join the district on a full-time basis. “People will stumble into it, with no intention of it being their long-term career, only to find that they do really love it.”
A similar pinch is being felt in the bus lot, where driving trainer Stephen Hyatt talked about the challenge his department is facing.
“We have signs up,” Hyatt said, eluding to the drivers wanted posters, which can be seen around town.
“We are having trouble getting some drivers in,” Hyatt said before touting the district’s driver training program. “We do it right here in Scott County. Get them comfortable, and before they leave they will know exactly how to drive a school bus.”
If you know of anyone interested in a substitute teaching, or a driving position with the district, go to the Scott County district employment web page.