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The school system is at the mercy of a global crisis | Daily Editorial

Resourcefulness is a good skill to have when problems arise like the shortages the school system is currently experiencing. It’s a shame they had to use this skill to such a degree.

The shortages facing the Glynn County school system are like the greatest undesirable successes of the problems all sectors have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each of the hard hit areas impedes the daily activities of every student and staff member in the system.

The problem of greatest concern is that of the staffing needs of the system. Superintendent Scott Spence told The News that the school system “is having an extremely difficult time hiring and keeping custodians, substitute teachers and classroom teachers.”

The system also lacks its usual number of bus drivers. The lack of workers for these key areas has a dramatic effect on the system. The district needs around 20 bus drivers to handle its transport workload. Currently there are 10 open routes that do not have a permanent driver. This leads to combining routes, which affects the times children are picked up and dropped off at school.

Solutions are needed for this problem, and the school board may already have an incentive to help generate interest. The board was due to vote on monthly stipends as well as retention bonuses for teachers and staff on Tuesday evening. This will hopefully encourage more people to apply and stay on board in the upcoming school year.

Of course, these incentives won’t matter if capable people continue to drop out of the workforce. If you have the skills to perform one of the roles needed by the school system, we encourage you to inquire about the possibility of working for the school system.

Staff is not the only shortage facing the system. The current supply chain crisis continues to take its toll, causing shortages in everything from school menus to paper products.

While the system has been able to adapt to these changes, there is little it can do about the national question other than adapt to its current reality. For parents and guardians with children in the school system, we encourage you to be patient while administrators resolve issues.

Hopefully something will change to help alleviate the problems, but many of these issues are beyond the hands of the school system. You can’t fill jobs unless someone applies for them, and you can’t get supplies unless vendors distribute them in a timely manner.

The goal of our elected leaders at the state and federal levels should be to find a solution to supply chain issues. Until that happens, the school system is at the mercy of the means and transportation of production.

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