DeKalb school board to review substitute teacher pay, Chromebook lease, Pre-K initiatives

March 18, 2019

DeKALB – DeKalb School District 428 will review substitute teacher compensation Tuesday, which comes on the heels of a recent report that Illinois is in an educator shortage crisis.

The D-428 Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Education Center, 900 S. Fourth St., to discuss the matter, part of an effort to alleviate a district-wide lack of substitute teachers and teachers aids.

The district’s human resources director, Sarah Abate, will present proposals for a new compensation structure for substitute teachers.

In D-428, substitutes make $95 a day for the first 10 consecutive days of their assignment. After 15 consecutive days, they make $135 a day. In Sycamore, it’s $90 for the first 10 days, and then $150 a day after 10 consecutive days in the same assignment.

According to Abate’s presentation, D-428 draws on a stable group of 115 certified substitutes, who are eligible to receive $100 bonuses when they reach certain milestones, such as stepping in on 30, 60, all the way up to 150 attendance days. Filling in 150 days would be a lot like teaching full-time, as a school year typically has about 176 attendance days.

Other items on the agenda include a bond issuing agreement for the 2019 tax year, a caring school communities program from Pre-K through fifth grade classrooms in the district, and acquiring more Chromebooks.

The board will not vote on the items, since the meeting is a planned workshop to collect and review district proposals before a vote at a future meeting.