Pay hikes proposed for some District 203 sub positions

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School District 203 is looking to bump up the pay of two substitute positions in the district starting in the 2014-15 school year.

A plan was presented this week for raising the amount of money paid to substitute assistants and substitute expulsion hearing officers. The School Board is expected to vote on the pay hikes at its April 21 meeting.

The largest increase, $15 per hour, would be for a substitute expulsion hearing officer.

Carol Hetman, chief human resources officer, said the decision to raise the compensation came after comparing other school districts. She said the pay range elsewhere went “all the way up to $225 per hour.”

After consulting with Bob Ross, assistant superintendent for secondary education, she and Ross determined a raise was necessary, and they are suggesting an increase from $80 to $95 per hour.

Hetman said the administration also is calling for a 5 percent increase — from $11.09 to $11.65 per hour — in the substitute assistant pay.

Currently, the district only fills about 87 percent of its substitute assistants, Hetman said.

“This small increase will, we believe, make it more attractive for substitute teachers to also accept these sub assistant assignments when they become available,” Hetman said.

Pay for other substitute positions would remain the same.

In addition, the School Board looked at projected certified staffing levels for the 2014-15 school year. Overall, the district expects the number of full-time certified positions to increase by 6.25.

Ross said enrollment is expected to remain stable at the high school level, so projected staffing will be roughly the same.

The district is projecting the equivalent of 455.5 full-time certified staff employees, a one-tenth drop from 455.6 from 2013-2014. The number of full-time certified staff at the junior high level is projected to drop by 3 from 324.86 to 321.86.

Increased staffing will be seen at the elementary level and in special education.

The equivalent of 7.35 more certified staff will be needed for elementary students, rising from 564.90 in 2013-14 to 572.25 in 2014-15, while the number of certified staff for special education is projected to rise by two to 56 next year from 54 in 2013-14.