Question: It appears we have “Permanent Substitutes” at more than one school and why would it be decided that a permanent substitute should be paid $90.00 per day, which is significantly over the Substitute Service schedule of rates? This item over a 100 day period could add up to and over $1500 extra per year, paid to a substitute without justification in my opinion. In my opinion, Permanent or otherwise, all substitutes should be paid according to the day rate for the substituting position they are holding.
Answer: Permanent subs are certainly up for review in the coming budget and the sentiments you expressed will be a part of the conversation. The permanent subs we have been using are generally certified for the positions they will fill and are familiar to the students and staff; this provides smoother operations and confidence that the instruction of the students will be interrupted the least amount possible.
-answered by Ed Szumowski, Board of Education Vice President