Subs get pay raise |

Subs get pay raise

Substitute teachers in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District will see a pay raise this school year.

LTUSD Board of Education approved Tuesday an increase in substitute teacher pay to $90 per day for short-term assignments and $101 per day for assignments exceeding 10 days. The some 85 substitutes in the district were earning $75 per day on short-term assignments and $86 per day on assignments exceeding 10 days – a rate that has not changed since the 1996/1997 school year, until now.

LeAnne Kankel, LTUSD director of human resources, said the action for the pay increase stemmed from difficulties in attracting qualified substitutes. She said, when compared to neighboring Douglas County School District, LTUSD rates were noncompetitive and substitutes were accepting the higher wages across the state line.

Kankel said the district looked at Douglas substitute pay, instead of the 21 comparable districts that the tenured teachers gauge their pay against, because they share the same substitute pool.

“We need to make sure that we’re being competitive with our labor market here,” she said.

Douglas County School District currently pays its substitutes $87 per day on short-term assignments and $158 per day on assignments exceeding 20 days.

Substitute teacher John Taylor, who went before the school board in June to request a raise for the substitutes, said he was pleased with the district’s action.

“The raise is very satisfactory,” he said. “Although I feel there should be more than an $11 differential for long-term assignments.”

Mike Patterson, president of the South Tahoe Educators’ Association union that represents the 296 teachers in the district, said he’s happy for the substitutes.

“We have a lot of good subs in this district,” he said. “It’s good to see them get a reasonable pay.”

Patterson said more than 20 substitute teachers have approached him during the last year asking to join the Educators’ Association. He said he was unable to determine if the group as a whole would be interested in union representation because he was unable to obtain address lists from the district to contact them directly.

Also approved by the board Tuesday was an evaluation system for the substitutes to assure that they are meeting the district’s employment standards. Details for the evaluation system are still being developed but Kankel said it would be something that the school principals would be involved with.

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