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Henderson schools seeking teachers to work as custodians for $11 an hour

Mike Sprague

Henderson County Schools are hosting an information session Nov. 17 for teachers who might be interested in working as custodians after the school day ends.

Schools across Kentucky are struggling to fill positions ranging from substitute teachers to bus drivers to custodians.

The Courier and Press reportsschools in Henderson County are making an effort to fill custodian vacancies by recruiting teachers. The pay is $11 an hour.

High School Librarian Mike Sprague said he found out about the effort in an email from the school district. Sprague is president of the Henderson County Education Association, the local teachers union. 

“I’m sure that there are people out there that wouldn’t mind picking up extra money, I mean, staying still in the school,” said Sprague. “I know a lot of  ‘em work different jobs outside of school, whether it’s Door Dash or working at a restaurant. So, if the pay is better than what they’re making there, and I don’t know if it is or not, it’s an option.”

Sprague said he’s not interested because he’s also a coach at the school and at the end of the day he is 'teacher tired.'

“With the mental health aspect of it, as a teacher, and all the other things we have to do, covering classes during our planning periods and things such as that, I mean to me, being even a substitute custodian would be very difficult,” said Sprague.

The Nov. 17 information sessions are at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the Henderson County Schools Board of Education office.  

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