Substitute teachers in the Hempfield Area School District will see a boost in their daily pay, an effort by district leaders to remain competitive during the covid-19 pandemic. Board members this week voted to bump pay rates to $200 per day for substitute teachers who are teaching for a contracted teacher on an approved leave of absence, and $150 per day for day-to-day substitutes. Substitutes previously earned $100 per day for the first 30 days and then $120 per day, said Superintendent Tammy Wolicki.
“The increase is necessary to remain competitive,” Wolicki said. “Our classrooms are without substitute teachers daily and we need individuals with teaching degrees to find our jobs more competitive than working at Walmart, Target or other businesses that have increased hourly wages.”