205 could approve substitute teacher pay increase, school calendar

The District 205 Board of Education could approve the increase of pay for substitute teachers at Monday’s meeting.

A shortage of subs is not news to districts in Illinois, and the school board has been looking into ways to increase their pool of substitutes.

According to Director for Human Resources Jon Bradburn, the district is in need of an average of 19 subs a day.

Documents indicate that the board will establish a two tiered daily pay program of $85 for subs who work day up to ten days within the district and for those who work more would see their daily pay bump up to $110.

In addition, retired teachers who agree to sub for the district would see a daily rate of $110, and the district would provide free access to Ed Leaders Network so those retirees can keep up with their licenses.

The Board will also have a look at two school calendars.

Superintendent Dr. John Asplund had brought forward tentative calendars at previous meetings to get feedback from board members.

Both calendars will give students a three-day weekend during the final five weeks – using the last weekday of the week for emergency snow days.

The first of the two calendars would see the district starting August 27th and running until June 4th, with the 5th being an emergency day.

The other calendar would see school starting on August 13th, and running till May 23rd, with the 24th.

Previously Asplund had written off Spring Break but the board had been vocal about keeping it on the schedule. Both calendars feature a week long Spring Break.

The meeting starts at 6:00 p.m. and the full agenda is available on the district’s website.

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