Kanawha County School Superintendent Ron Duerring, testifying before the state Senate Education Committee, suggested that legislators revise state law on paid leave.
He then proceeded to make a very persuasive case for such a change.
The Kanawha County school system shells out $4.6 million a year for substitute teachers, Duerring said.
He estimates a change in state law on paid leave could help his county cut that cost in half.
With 54 other counties to think about, such an economy would be worth pursuing.
Duerring stressed that the vast majority of Kanawha County's 2,000 teachers do not abuse paid leave time.
But between 200 and 300 teachers in Kanawha County public schools used all 15 days last year.
"They have them, they feel it's an entitlement, and they burn them," Carol Hamric, human resources director for the Kanawha County school system, told legislators. "That's the word that's used."
This entitlement mentality is what runs up the substitute costs, and Duerring contended it hurts education, too.