MASSENA - The Massena Central School Districts Board of Education has approved revised substitute and incidental employee pay rates to put them more in line with other area districts.
All teacher substitute employees who are hired after Sept. 17 and are state-certified as a teacher will continue to be paid $100 a day, the current rate paid by the district regardless of certification.
It appears we are compensating well for some teachers, Interim Superintendent William W. Crist told board members Monday.
Those who are hired after Sept. 17 and arent certified as a teacher will receive $80 a day.
Teacher substitute employees hired before Sept. 17, and who are not certified as a teacher will be paid $100 a day through the end of the 2013-14 school year. Starting on July 1, 2014, all uncertified substitute teachers will be paid $80 a day.
We are proposing that we would allow any teachers and substitute teachers presently in the district who are not certified to complete the certification by the end of the 13-14 school year. After that period, if they are not certified, they would roll back to the $80 range and maintain the $100 rate for certified teachers, Mr Crist said.
He said the change in pay rates puts them more in line with other area districts and is an attempt to attract qualified certified teachers to the district and encourage certified teachers to apply. It also responds to increasingly rigorous demands of substitutes, Common Core student achievement standards and Race to the Top initiatives, according to the resolution.
The resolution approved by the board also addresses the pay scale for substitute nurses. In an attempt to attract certified registered nurses to the district, the resolution specifies that effective Sept. 17, all nurse substitutes who are certified as a registered nurse will be paid $100 a day. All nurse substitutes who are certified as a licensed practical nurse will be paid $80 a day effective Sept. 17.
Looking at other area school districts, were not competitive with other school district are offering. Were squarely in the middle of the field, he said, recommending that the pay scale be adjusted for the substitute nurses. That, he said, would allow us to keep RNs on the sub list.
During their meeting this week, board members also voted to establish summer staff development pay rates for teachers of $100 a day. Mr. Crist had asked them to approved a blanket rate for teachers when they have professional development during the summer.
This will allow us to acknowledge that staff development for a six-hour day would be paid $100 a day. The rate has actually been a little bit less closely monitored, so this really standardizes that rate as $100 a day, he said, noting it was consistent to the rate paid for other staff development, but wasnt consistent with all staff development.
Staff development days are comprised of a six-hour work day and must be pre-approved by Evelyn Fiske, the districts director of curriculum, instruction and assessment in accordance with direction from the superintendent of schools, according to the board resolution.
Some of the professional development sessions would be required, Mr. Crist said, while others would be expected and some may simply be of interest to the teacher.