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School board increases pay for substitute teachers

The Hudson Board of Education at its December meeting voted to increase the salary for substitute teachers from $100 to $110 per day. The increase applies only to certified teachers. The pay for short-term substitutes with four-year degrees in other areas would stay at the $100 rate.

The proposed change was presented to the board by Andrea Voelker, Hudson School District director of human services. Voelker said the district has been experiencing difficulty filling substitute positions from a “shrinking pool of available substitute teachers.”

Voelker said that other schools in the area have reported substitute shortages as well. Voelker said an increase in pay would make the district more competitive with other schools and make Hudson a more preferred destination for substitutes.

The increase places Hudson second only to Stillwater, Minn., which pays $115 per day. Other area schools pay between $90-100 daily.

The board also approved an increase of $5 per day for any substitute who works more than 30 days in a given school year in short-term assignments for the remainder of that school year. Long-term substitute teachers, those who work more than 20 days in one assignment, are currently paid $185 per day. That pay is competitive, said Voelker, and would not increase.

If a substitute teacher is required to work multiple assignments during a day which results in working extra class hours as compared to a normal teaching load, that teacher would be paid an additional $18 per extra period up to a maximum of $36 per day.

The pay adjustment could add $65,000 to the district payroll, about a 10-percent increase in the compensation for subsitutes, according to district Financial Services Director Tim Erickson.

The increase passed by a vote of 4-1. Board member Bruce Hanson said he did not feel the increase was enough to significantly “move the needle.”

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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