A central Florida high school principal says he doesn't have the money to pay substitute teachers so students are forced to sit in the gym for nearly an hour when their teachers are absent.

Students are daily sent to the gym, which has no heating or air conditioning, and told to sit on the bleachers during the 50-minute period.

DeLand High School Principal Mitch Moyer says there's no benefit for the students and called the gym "a holding tank."

Moyer's school district has cut funding for substitute teachers.

As a result, he can only afford to hire three subs a day. On a typical day, 12 to 15 teachers might be out.

School Board member Candace Lankford said it's "a necessity that cannot be justified for any reason except to save money."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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