Substitute teachers could get raise |

Substitute teachers could get raise

Mary Thompson

Substitute teachers in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District may be getting a pay raise this coming school year.

The substitutes, who are not protected by a collective bargaining group, currently earn $75 per day on short-term assignments and $86 per day on assignments exceeding 10 days. The 85 substitutes in LTUSD have not had a raise since the 1996/’97 school year.

At today’s school board meeting, LTUSD administration will recommend to the board of education a substitute pay increase to $90 per day for short-term assignments and $101 per day for assignments exceeding 10 days.

“There have been difficulties in attracting and retaining qualified substitutes teachers,” said LeAnne Kankel, LTUSD director of human resources. “Much of this difficulty results for our noncompetitive salaries compared to our neighboring districts. We’ve had cases where the subs get a call from both districts and naturally they choose Douglas because of the pay.”

If approved, the rate increase will make the district’s substitute pay wages competitive when compared to nearby Douglas County School District and Carson City schools, which pay its substitute teachers on short-term assignment $87 per day and $90 per day, respectively.

“We expect (the board) to take action tonight,” said Kankel. “If they approve it, the increase will be effective for the 1999/2000 school year – next week.”

The total cost to the district for the pay increase would be approximately $39,000 for the 1999/2000 school year. The district’s general fund would pay for the increase.

Also recommended by the district is an annual performance evaluation of the substitute teachers to assure they are meeting school district standards of employment.

Other items on the agenda at today’s school board meeting include:

– Presentation by the Boys and Girls Club regarding a prospective land lease with the district to construct a clubhouse at the old tennis courts at the intersection of Lyons Avenue and Rufus Allen Boulevard.

– Second reading and recommended adoption of revised board policies and administrative regulations.

– Accept 1998/’99 cafeteria profit and loss report.

What: Lake Tahoe Unified School District School Board Meeting

When: 7 p.m., today

Where: District office, 1021 Al Tahoe Blvd.

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