By Rick Palsgrove
Substitute teachers will now receive more pay for working in Groveport Madison Schools.
On Oct. 10, the Groveport Madison Board of Education unanimously approved raising the pay rate for substitute teachers from $90 per day to $105 effective immediately.
Though they approved the pay hike, some board members remained wary that it would attract substitute teachers.
“I’m not convinced $105 is great pay,” said board member Nancy Gillespie. “Is it going to do what we want it to do? I want to make sure we’re not just throwing money at a problem.”
Added board member Libby Gray, “Money is not always the issue (in attracting substitute teachers).”
Superintendent Garilee Ogden said the $90 per day rate was “creating a shortage (of substitutes) for us. This is a good start to attract substitutes.”
Ogden noted, for example, the district had a fill rate for substitute teachers of only 40 to 45 percent on Fridays.
Deputy Superintendent Jamie Grube noted that, before the pay hike, Groveport Madison was tied for the lowest substitute teacher pay rate in the area.
Added Human Resources Director Matt Cygnor, “Substitutes have 26 other area districts to choose from every morning.”
Board members want to make sure that, besides appropriate pay, substitute teachers are having good experiences at Groveport Madison, which would encourage them to continue to accept work in the district.
District officials indicated they could survey the substitute teachers for feedback.