A school district in New Jersey is taking the teacher shortage seriously by giving substitutes a much needed raise.
“A K-12 school district in Morris County has doubled its pay for permanent substitute teachers in the ongoing bidding war to bolster school staffing.
The increase approved by the Dover school board is another example of the challenge facing school districts, in New Jersey and elsewhere, in recruiting and retaining substitute teachers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Dover Schools Superintendent James McLaughlin said all substitute teachers in Dover were being paid $125 per day prior to Oct. 19, when the Dover board voted 8-0 to raise their pay for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year.
The new rate is $250 per day for permanent substitutes, defined as those reporting to the same school building every day to receive assignments, and $200 for daily substitutes who are called in as needed. However, their daily pay similarly may be boosted to $250 on “identified high volume days,” according to the meeting minutes.
“During this period of pandemic, the district is making every effort to ensure the continuity of instruction for students. Appropriate substitute coverage contributes to that continuity,” McLaughlin told NJ Advance Media on Wednesday.”
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