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Butte School District facing substitute teacher shortage

The Butte School District is facing a substitute teacher shortage.

District officials say it has been an ongoing issue and was addressed in a meeting this week.

They are also trying to stress the importance of fewer teacher absences, according to officials.

Human resources director Therese McClafferty says it ultimately affects the students.

“When we’re short, it’s difficult on the kids. A lot of times they get combined into classrooms as they might only at the high school -- one teacher to cover a couple of classrooms,” McClafferty said.

According to McClafferty, the principals and counselors at elementary schools are currently helping substitute, but that takes them away from their regular duties.

Officials say they will continue to advertise the substitute teacher position on the school district’s website in hopes that eligible people will apply.

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