10/17/2013 9:52:00 PM Stillwater Schools looking for subs
By Van Mitchell, Journal Staff Writer
Stillwater Public Schools is looking for a few good men and women to fill a vital role in its ranks as substitute teachers.
"We are looking for as many that will apply," said Kellee Brown, SPS public information officer. "There is no magic number but the more the better so we can get those vacancies filled."
Last week the school district had 26 teacher absences for various reasons and 22 of them were filled by substitutes while four classes were left with a substitute. Those classes had to be filled with other certified teachers.
Melissa Sestak, who oversees and coordinates the substitute teachers for SPS said the district has a list of people that have signed up to be substitutes but aren't always available for duty.
"We have enough substitutes on the list to fill them but the jobs just aren't getting filled for a variety of reasons," Sestak said. "Not everyone can sub every day so not all the jobs are getting filled that we have currently."
Sestak said non-certified substitutes earn $50 for a full day and $25 for a half day. Certified substitutes earn $65 for a full day and $35 for a half day. She said those interested in substituting must first go online to www.stillwaterschools.com and fill out an information packet. Candidates must be 18 years old, pass the background check and complete four online tutorials.
"There is online training they have to complete before they substitute," she said. Sestak said the school district also works closely with Oklahoma State University's College of Education to recruit students who intend to enter the education field. For more information about substitute teaching call Sestak at 533-6300.