(Posted March 17, 2021)
By Josephine Birdsell, Staff Writer
The Madison-Plains Local School District is looking for more bus drivers and substitute teachers.
The district has a small margin for bus drivers and teachers, meaning if a bus driver or teacher were to quit, get sick or need to miss work, the district might not be able to find a replacement.
“My hope is that it won’t be a problem, but if there are folks out there who would be interested in doing these jobs, it would be a tremendous help,” said Chad Eisler, superintendent.
The district is looking for individuals to train to be substitute bus drivers. Volunteers must pass a background check and complete a training program before they can begin working as a substitute.
The district is also looking for community members who are interested in becoming substitute teachers. The Ohio Board of Education passed a measure allowing people without four-year degrees to act as substitute teachers, given the teacher shortage caused by the pandemic. Last month, the district adopted the measure.
Anyone with an associate degree or higher who graduated from high school more than two years ago may apply to be a substitute teacher.
Anyone who is interested in the positions can contact the district’s main office at (740) 852-0290.
In other news, the district is looking ahead to restoring regular traditions for students.
Teachers and staff can receive the second dose of their COVID-19 vaccine on March 19.
The district is planning for prom to take place on April 24 at Wren Farm in Mechanicsburg.
Graduation is set for 7 p.m. May 28. If weather permits, the ceremony will take place outdoors in the football stadium. If weather does not permit, the ceremony will be moved to the gymnasium. In either case, the district will institute reduced capacities and follow safety protocols outlined by the state and Madison County Public Health.