LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Substitutes at Lafayette School Corporation will soon have their pay increased. The school board voted unanimously to increase substitute teachers' pay on Monday. Due to COVID-19, the school district has been having a hard time finding substitute teachers. The district hope by increasing pay for substitutes they will be able to retain individuals that are more qualified. Superintendent Les Huddle says teachers who are working in the building have been filling in for teachers that are gone due to the lack of subs. He says this change will help take some of that extra work off their plate.
“We know it's frustrating for our teachers who are in the building when one of their colleagues is gone and maybe we have to have them cover part of that class," said Huddle. “Which that doesn't help us with social distancing at this time. Therefore, when we cannot find enough subs it just dominos in too many uncomfortable things.”
Daily substitute teachers will now receive 100 dollars a day, that about 25 dollars more than they are currently being paid. Long-term substitutes, who sign on to fill a vacancy for 6 weeks or longer, will receive the same rate as first-year teachers on a per-diem rate, which equals out to around $38,000 a year.