Lewisville ISD sees substitute teacher shortage

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Melissa Cobb and Sheila Smith, who work in LISD's human resources department, discuss substitute shortages seen by the district. (Screenshot courtesy Lewisville ISD)

Melissa Cobb and Sheila Smith, who work in LISD's human resources department, discuss substitute shortages seen by the district. (Screenshot courtesy Lewisville ISD)

Lewisville ISD is experiencing a substitute shortage this school year. The district has been able to fill 57% of substitute needs in the district, said Melissa Cobb, who oversees substitutes at the district. That is a drop from 89% reported during the 2016-17 school year, according to the presentation Cobb gave the board during a Dec. 6 workshop. During the 2021-22 school year, 19,477 requests for substitutes were made with 11,252 of those requests filled, Cobb said. During the 2016-17 school year, 44,041 requests were made with 39,179 filled, she said. This is not a LISD-specific issue as other districts seeing similar issues because of the pandemic, Cobb said.
By Samantha Douty
Samantha Douty joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2021 as the Lewisville/ Flower Mound/ Highland Village editor. She graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2018 with a degree in journalism. But her passion for journalism started when she was 16 years old. Before joining Community Impact Newspaper, she reported on education for the Victoria Advocate, a rural South Texas daily newspaper.