Substitute teacher rates come before Grove board

Valley Grove School Board members met Monday for their monthly work session after an open house and meet the teams event at Rocky Grove High School.

Board members heard from Jim Speth, a former substitute teacher in the school district. Speth discussed the teacher’s substitute shortage with the board.

Speth said the district has taken steps in the right direction by raising the wages for substitute teachers, but the yearly wage is still not a lot, he said.

The daily professional substitute rate for the 2022-23 school year was set at $120 last month by the board.

Speth said raising those rates to $200 would get more substitutes to gravitate toward going to Valley Grove instead of other districts.

For the substitutes, “it’s all about making a living,” Speth said.

Speth also raised concerns with the temporary services business the district uses.

In other business at Monday’s meeting, Jodee Raybuck, the regional manager for The Nutrition Group, gave a presentation on the Community Eligibility Provision change that provides free meals for all students in the school district.

The board unanimously approved participating in the program, and all Lori Hannon, the district secretary, has to do is complete the applications and send it to the state.

Superintendent Kevin Briggs said after the meeting the district will notify families when the program starts.

The board approved the resignation of high school teacher Eric Campbell, effective Aug. 30.

And the panel unanimously approved recommended candidate Stephanie Castelveter for a custodial position.

And Briggs said nothing is new this month regarding the district’s health and safety plan.

“So far so good,” he said.


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