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Good idea to encourage better 'subs' in classroom

Feb 29, 2012 - Brenda Larrane, Riverton

Editor:

I offer my congratulations to Fremont County School District 25 in Riverton on the new plans to compensate good-quality substitute teachers better than they have been compensated in the past.

It is an especially good idea to set up a system to keep in touch with teachers who recently have retired from the district and to pay them better when they sub.

The way our state retirement system works in Wyoming, you often have teachers who retire from their jobs when they are still in their 50s (that's the prime of life, right?), which is far earlier than most people retire from their jobs.

These people still have a lot to give. When they are hired for a day or two as a sub, they can hit the ground running. They are familiar with the systems and protocols at the school already, and they definitely know the ins and outs of the classroom.

People might not know it generally, but today's teachers are required to miss a lot of days of school for training required by all the new rules and regulations. Having a good sub in the room is more important than ever.

So it is a very good thing indeed that District 25 is taking the steps to get good substitutes and pay them well.

I think the rest of the school districts in Fremont County and Wyoming should to the same thing as quickly as possible.

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