Centerville Public Schools returned this week for in-person learning, but staffing struggles because of the pandemic continue for school administrators, as they scramble to find more substitute teachers.
At the beginning of the school year, the school board raised the salaries for substitute teachers to $13.75 an hour, for certified teachers — a raise similar to the one passed by Great Falls Public Schools. The pay increase also raised the salaries of non-certified substitute teachers to $12.13 an hour, for nine-hour days.
Centerville started out the school years with only two substitute teachers, but now an increasing number of faculty are being told to quarantine after exposure to the coronavirus. Principal Mike Taylor said school aides and other administrators are covering for teachers, and they could use the extra help.
"We've also had other teachers who on their preps, usually get their hour," he said, "well they're going to cover for someone else, and then that teacher who's on their prep comes and covers ... We've been juggling a lot."
To learn more about how to become a substitute teacher in Centerville Schools, you can call 406-736-5167.