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Worker shortage hitting Iowa schools | Education

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Lewis Central Community School District is feeling the shortage, Superintendent Eric Knost mentioned.

“I would say we continue to struggle to find an ample number of candidates in just about all support staff positions,” he mentioned. “Regarding substitute teachers, we are better than we were last year, but we remain short on classroom subs who are willing to work regularly and across all grade levels.”

The district has managed to recruit some bus drivers, however provide continues to be tight, Knost mentioned.

“We have been able to hire a few drivers, which has helped, but we would still like to have a few more on reserve,” he mentioned. “Custodial candidates are still an issue, as are paraeducators and school nutrition staff.”

Council Bluffs Community Schools will begin the second semester with two open trainer positions, in accordance with Diane Ostrowski, chief communications officer.

“Our substitute fill rate has been performing well,” she mentioned. “We are at a 90% fill rate for classroom teachers and 85% fill rate for all teachers, which includes counselors, special education resource teachers and interventionists.

However, paraeducators are hard to come by, Ostrowski said.

“We are currently recruiting to fill several full-time positions, and our paraeducator substitute pool is much smaller than our substitute teacher pool,” she mentioned. “There is significant competition in the local job market at the paraeducator wage range, with an abundance of jobs available between the $14-$18 wage range. We are offering a $500 signing bonus for paraeducators, and we do offer medical insurance.”