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Three Forks Schools in Need of Substitute Teachers

The Three Forks School District is in critical need of substitute teachers for the upcoming 2023-24 school year.

According to Superintendent Rhonda Uthlaut, there are several layers to the need for substitutes, including the safety and supervision of children and quality instructional time that may be lost without adequate staffing.

"Further, coverage for staff absences is also a critical piece in relation to retention of teachers. We have to allow teachers to take sick and personal leave as needed without the added pressure of concerns over coverage for their classes," Uthlaut said.

Because of the lack of substitute teachers, staff sometimes cover classes during their prep period.

While Uthlaut said the Three Forks staff is amazing and committed to the education of students, they have continued to stretch their working hours to cover classes when there is not a substitute. Uthlaut said each teacher receives a "planning period" as a requirement from the state, adding teachers use this time to plan instruction and review student work/ assessments /grading.

"Administration greatly appreciates the team effort and support shown by our Three Forks School staff. However, it is just not sustainable to continue to cover absences by having staff give up their planning time," Uthlaut said.

The current daily rate of pay for substitute teachers is $116 per day, and the district will be hosting a short training for substitutes on Thursday, August 24th, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

"Substituting is a great way to 'give back' to our schools and teachers. It is also a way to become involved in our student's education," Uthlaut said.

Those interested in joining the district as a substitute must have a high school diploma, and a teaching certificate is needed for long-term positions. Uthlaut said substitutes must pass a background check, be flexible, and manage students and their learning with composure and patience.

Residents interested in substituting are encouraged to visit the high school, middle school, or elementary offices.