Board raises sub­sti­tute teacher pay rate

The Hamburg Area Item - - Front Page - By Arch Kurtz For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

The Ham­burg Area School Board voted 8- 0 on Aug. 28 to in­crease pay rates for sub­sti­tute teach­ers and to add a new rate clas­si­fi­ca­tion. Rates in­creased to $ 110 from $ 95 per day for the first 30 in­ter­mit­tent days of ser­vice. From 31 to 90 in­ter­mit­tent days, the daily rate in­creased to $ 120 from $ 110. The new clas­si­fi­ca­tion is for sub­sti­tutes who work short­term as­sign­ments of 31 to 92 con­sec­u­tive days. Those sub­sti­tutes will be paid $ 150 per day. “This has been the tough­est po­si­tion to fill,” Su­per­in­ten­dent Richard Mex­torf said pre­vi­ously. “( Sub­sti­tutes) re­ceive no

ben­e­fits.”

Mex­torf said that he’d like to see the dis­trict start an in- house sub­sti­tute/ guest teacher pro­gram.

“For the 2016- 17 school year the dis­trict was not able to fill the need for a sub­sti­tute al­most 30 per­cent of the time,” Mex­torf said.

At the ele­men­tary level, teach­ers had to mix and match to fill the open­ings, ac­cord­ing to Mex­torf.

“At the high school and mid­dle school, teach­ers are will­ing to fill in, but over time that wears thin and takes away from their plan­ning time,” Mex­torf said.

The rate in­creases will put the dis­trict more in line with rates in the county.

In other news, school direc­tors ap­proved the hir­ing of Beth Jack­owski, Mohrsville, as a li­censed prac­ti­cal nurse and Al­li­son Rizzo, Pine Grove, as a mid­dle school lan­guage arts teacher.

The dis­trict is still look­ing to hire an­other li­censed prac­ti­cal nurse, ac­cord­ing to Mex­torf.

The dis­trict’s school nurse re­tired af­ter the 2016- 17 school year and the dis­trict plans to hire two li­censed prac­ti­cal nurses to fill the po­si­tion and pro­vide more cov­er­age at the same cost.

The next meet­ing of school direc­tors is on Mon­day, Sept. 11, at 6: 30 p. m. in the James A. Gil­martin Com­mu­nity Room in the high school.

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