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Sioux City School Board suspends discussion on contract with substitute solution company

Published: Nov. 22, 2021 at 9:13 PM CST
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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - Monday night, the Sioux City Community School Board discussed an agreement with “ESS Substitute Solutions” to help with the district’s substitute teacher shortage. In the end, they decided to suspend the discussion on the contract by 90 days.

The decision was approved with a vote of 4-3.

The company specializes in placing K-12 staff in substitute and permanent positions. During an Oct. 18 meeting, the board approved a motion to develop a draft agreement with the company.

When the agreement was later presented at a Nov. 8 meeting, board members Dan Greenwell, Monique Scarlett and Taylor Goodvin shared their concerns with the proposed agreement. So did new school board members, Jan George and Bob Michaelson.

Leaders with Sioux City Community School District say while their sub rate was once around 90%, it has been fluctuating this year, to as low as 70%. Leaders say they currently have around 270 substitutes. To increase their fill rate, they say they would need close to 500 or more.

KTIV’s Emily Schrad was at Monday night’s meeting. We’ll have the latest on KTIV News 4 at Ten.

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