The Beaufort County School District interviewed more than 70 people Thursday in an effort to expand its pool of available substitute teachers.
Alice Walton, the district's Chief Administrative Service and Human Resources Officer, said in a statement that the number of substitute teachers available to work on short notice has decreased in recent years.
"For a variety of reasons, every year we lose some of our available substitutes," said Walton in a statement. "Some have retired, some have moved away from the area and some have gone on to become certified classroom teachers. Today's interviews are aimed at building our numbers back up so that schools will have a larger pool of qualified people available."
During the first district-wide Substitute Blitz, district master teachers, principals and assistant principals interviewed prescreen candidates.
Each candidate also had to complete a writing exercise.
Successful candidates will return for orientation and training sessions, and then join the substitute pool.
While the state of South Carolina only requires substitutes to have a high school diploma, the Beaufort County School district requires substitutes to have a four-year college degree.
The district currently has an available pool of approximately 450 substitute teachers.
It hopes to increase the number to over 500 available substitutes.
The district's goal is for principals to be able to quickly tap substitute teachers qualified to teach in a broad range of subjects and grade levels.
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