GARDEN CITY, Kan. (KAKE) – A Backyard Metropolis financial institution has give you a brand new plan to deal with the continued instructor scarcity, this time, particularly in western Kansas. 

Western State Financial institution in Backyard Metropolis is encouraging its staff to grow to be licensed substitute lecturers. It’s testing the brand new program this semester.

“It’s completely a neighborhood effort right here to resolve what we see as a long-term neighborhood downside,” financial institution president Tyler Whitham mentioned. 

The financial institution has 120 staff, 60 of which come to work in Backyard Metropolis. Whitman mentioned he’s anticipating half of these 60 to take part. 

“It’s one thing that we might put collectively and package deal up right into a program for others to observe,” he mentioned. “We hope to essentially be pioneers and never simply recruit inside ourselves however throughout the different giant employers in these communities.” 

In return for signing up, Western State Financial institution is giving every worker one further PTO day. This system is to profit the Backyard Metropolis Public Faculties. 

“There is not actually another incentivization,” Whitham mentioned. “We’ve not needed to incentivize anyone else. We really feel, everybody seems like that works in and of itself.”

Whitham mentioned this system is in place to deal with the college district’s ongoing want for substitute lecturers. He mentioned, proper now, a lot of the district’s long-term subs are filling in for vacant instructor positions. 

“All of us have children in these faculty districts,” Whitham mentioned. “We’re all going to profit within the close to time period by having accountable folks in these lecture rooms and in the long term by changing this workforce with people who we’re excited to work with.” 

Western State Financial institution can also be coping with staffing shortages, however Whitham hopes the dimensions of his workers could make a dent within the faculty’s scarcity. The Backyard Metropolis department is one in all seven areas in western Kansas. 

“We’re having loads of stress with ensuring that we’ve all the suitable folks with all the suitable coaching and the suitable spots all through our banking system in Western Kansas,” Whitham mentioned. “So to suggest one thing that takes folks away is…appears to be swimming upstream, proper?” 

Nevertheless, with a spouse in training and 5 youngsters within the district, Whitham mentioned it simply felt like the suitable factor to do. The financial institution can also be partnering with Backyard Metropolis police and a neighborhood hospital to assist staff earn their certification. 

Western State Financial institution will determine whether or not to proceed this system into future semesters primarily based on its success this fall.