The Herald-Times: MCCSC substitute teachers call for for increase in pay

By April Toler331-4353 | atoler@heraldt.com
December 17, 2011

Peggy Chambers

Pay for substitute teachers is up for review at Monroe County Community School Corp.

MCCSC has a pool of 260 substitute teachers and uses an average of about 75 per day, according to Peggy Chambers, MCCSC assistant superintendent for human resources.

The district pays $60 a day for noncertified teachers, $70 a day for certified teachers and $80 a day for retired MCCSC teachers.

After discussion initiated by MCCSC subs, Chambers said the district decided to take a closer look at the issue.

Additionally, the district takes an annual look at all support staff salary and benefit packages this time of year to coincide with the expiration of unionized support staff’s contracts, she said.

Unionized support staff includes bus drivers and monitors, custodians and food service employees. Nonunionized staff includes a number of groups, including substitute teachers, teacher aides, secretaries and coordinators, security guards and custodial supervisors.

“We are trying to address several employees,” Chambers said. “Almost all employee groups have expressed a concern about wages.”

One substitute teacher who has been vocal about a pay increase is David Wierhake, who is also a former MCCSC employee. Wierhake has addressed the school board a number of times asking for an increase in pay, particularly after the district made school days longer but did not increase substitute teachers’ pay.

“Essentially substitute teachers this year have taken a 15 percent pay cut,” Wierhake told the board.

Wierhake is asking the board to increase sub pay to the national average of $105 a day.

Chambers said the district’s pay rate is in line with similar districts. “We feel what we are offering our substitutes is comparable to what’s being offered to substitutes in the area,” she said.

Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corp. pays $65 for subs with an associate’s degree and $80 for those with a bachelor’s degree/teacher license.

Martinsville School District pays $64 for certified teachers and $60-$62 for noncertified; Eastern Greene Schools pays $60 for certified and $55 for noncertified; and Lafayette School Corp. pays a flat rate of $65 a day.

Indianapolis Public Schools has one of the highest pay rates at $125 for certified teachers; $75-$100 for noncertified and $150 for retired IPS teachers.

Chambers plans to make a recommendation to the board early next year.

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