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Difficulty filling teaching position concerns Butler parent

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A Butler High School parent is concerned about her daughter's education. She said her daughter's math class has no math teacher and hasn't had one since the first week of school.

The woman wanted to know when a new teacher will be hired and how her daughter will learn what she has missed.

Officials said the teacher of this particular math class quit after the first few days of school. Since then a substitute has been teaching the class, but this woman said her daughter hasn't learned much.

"A few weeks ago Kayla came home and told me she didn't have a math teacher. She said they had been having a substitute," said Carolyn Harris.

Harris's daughter is a 10th grader at Butler High School. When her daughter came home with this news, she became concerned and called the school to find out what was going on.

"They said they were working on it. The teacher had left. I figured it wouldn't be very long. I didn't know it was going to take 5 weeks," explained Harris.

Harris said her daughter has not had any tests or homework in the class. She said the students have been watching videos and have been given a few paper assignments.

When progress reports came out, Harris became even more concerned. She says her daughter's math grade was blank.

"Math is a required class so she needs to get that credit for this year. Unfortunately, she is not very strong in math so this puts us several weeks behind other 10th graders in math," said Harris.

We took those concerns to the Huntsville City School Board President Laurie McCaulley. She said the principal has been trying to hire a new teacher, but the reputation of the school is hurting that effort.

"She has interviewed several of them and she says at the very end when they hear we want them to work at Butler High, they have all declined," explained McCaulley.

McCaulley said when it comes to the curriculum, the math department constructed lesson plans for the substitute teacher.

"What we are going to find out is if the students have any deficiencies. We will offer tutorials for them to make sure they are caught up with the rest of their peers," added McCaulley.

McCaulley reported the district has officially made a hire. She said the new math teacher will start Thursday.

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