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SCCSD board confronts lack of subs at marathon meeting

Board members wrestled with how to deal with a low number of substitute teachers.
Board members wrestled with how to deal with a low number of substitute teachers.(KTIV)
Published: Dec. 13, 2021 at 11:13 PM CST
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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - In a marathon meeting, the Sioux City Community School Board wrestled with how best to deal with a shortage of substitute teachers.

The meeting started at 6:30 p.m., but slowly pushed past 9:30 p.m. as members of the public commented on proposals that would raise the pay of substitutes and require other administrative staff to serve as substitute teachers in some circumstances.

Ultimately, the board decided to move certain personnel to a “sub pool,” but removed a requirement that would see principals and consultant teachers serve a certain number of hours each month as a sub.

Board President Dan Greenwell said the amended policy is meant to give school administrators more authority about who will be required to sub, while still expanding the pool.

Over 30 members of the public signed up to speak on the issue, though many ultimately declined to take to the podium after a lengthy debate among the board directors themselves. Multiple school employees said they were happy to help expand the sub pool, but wished the board of directors would’ve asked them before proposing the change.

Board directors also fought over committee assignments and quickly dispatched with a proposal that would stop participation in the “International Baccalaureate” program at elementary schools. The program will remain in place.

The board agreed to hire a permanent substitute teacher at each of the districts 20 schools. That teacher would be paid just over $37,00.

Other substitute teachers will also receive a higher daily raise, with the longest serving subs receiving over $200 per day. An employee in the human resources department will be hired focused solely on substitute teacher issues. They’ll be paid $45,000 each year.

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