The Webster Parish School Board is researching ways to decrease its spending on substitute teachers, starting with how many days teachers are taking off for professional development.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Dan Rawls says they use a lot of substitute teachers, and he’s not concerned about the ones who have to take off due to professional development or school business.

“We seem to have a chronic problem in this parish of people wanting to take time off,” he said. “They can’t all be that sick. The problem I have is, you take that many days off, that’s that many instruction days your

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