Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Schools are feeling the pressure of a national trend – a shortage of substitute teachers. In an effort to remedy the shortage, the district reached into the community to invite interested candidates to a Substitute Recruitment Day on Sept. 29. The event was a success, resulting in nearly 10 new applicants.
Quality substitutes are integral to an effective school district. In the event that teachers or support staff are absent, the district relies on these substitutes to care for students and maintain continuity within the learning environment. RCS Superintendent, Dr. Brian Bailey and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, C. Fred Engelhardt believe members from the RCS community are among some of the best substitutes for their students. As, community members have a better understanding of the district and tend to be more invested in the well-being of the children.
Bailey and Engelhardt were pleased with the new candidates and hope to continue to gain more prospects for substitutes in the future. The district will also be hosting an event in October for community members interested in driving a bus. Administrators hope to continue reaching into, and working with the community to improve services for its students.