Urbana hosts substitute teacher job fair

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URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — Schools in one district are looking for substitute teachers and teaching assistants. Urbana schools held a job fair for them Tuesday. Officials say hiring great subs is equally important as hiring good teachers because every day of education counts. 

Officials say they’re looking to hire 40 to 50 new subs and teaching assistants. People can earn $105 per day subbing and $12.50 per hour as an assistant. 

Urbana’s human resource director says the district ran a little low on subs last year but should be covered this year. She says schools in the district aren’t unaware of the state’s need for teachers. 

“We have noticed some of that shortage based just on less people applying, but for the most case, except certain areas, we have pretty good teacher applicants and are filling those spots.”

Right now, the district has less than 10 full-time teaching positions open. They say they expect to fill those before school starts, but if not, subs can help.  

“We would turn to our substitute teachers and teaching assistant pools and find somebody qualified within that pool to fill that spot.”

To become a substitute teacher, you need a bachelor’s degree and a substitute teaching license. Those cost $100, and you can get them from the State Board of Education. 

Officials say the school district is looking to fill miscellaneous positions, too, like crossing guards and lunch room supervisors. 

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