Lakota Increases Sub Pay Rates

Lakota Increases Sub Pay Rates to Help Overcome Shortage
Posted on 12/03/2021
This is the image for the news article titled Lakota Increases Sub Pay Rates to Help Overcome ShortageAt the recommendation of Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller at the Nov. 29 Board of Education meeting, the school board voted unanimously to increase the district’s current substitute pay structure. 

“We are not alone when it comes to employment challenges,” Miller said, referencing the nationwide shortage of workers across all sectors. “The shortage of substitute teachers and support staff to fill in when our staff are faced with illness, professional development requirements and other personal demands takes a toll on the rest of the staff tasked with finding coverage. We are hopeful this increase will provide some relief to our buildings.”

The retroactive change goes into effect Nov. 21 and increases certified teachers’ daily rate from $85 to $125. Additionally, consistent with new legislation introduced via Senate Bill 1, Lakota now has the option to grant temporary certified substitute teacher licenses to individuals who do not hold a bachelor’s degree. Anyone interested in this option must first contact Lakota Executive Director of Human Resources Rob Kramer to begin the regular application process through the Butler County Educational Service Center (BCESC). 

The increase also supports the district’s need for substitutes in non-certified positions such as instructional aides, office managers, custodians, child nutrition employees and nurses. On average, hourly rates for these positions increased by 50 percent. 

The adjusted daily and hourly rates were determined by a comparison to the rates of other Butler County and similar area school districts. Lakota is now among the highest on the list of comparison districts. 

“On average, we are seeing about 40 percent of our daily sub positions filled district-wide,” said Rob Kramer, Lakota’s executive director of human resources. “We hope this encourages more people to at least consider the opportunity to do meaningful work and with a very flexible schedule.” 

The district continues to promote the need for regular and substitute bus drivers employed by their transportation provider, Petermann. The regular position offers part-time work for full-time pay and benefits in addition to paid training and a $1,000 signing bonus. 

If you’re interested in becoming a certified substitute teacher, please visit the BCESC website to learn more about how to apply (or contact Human Resources if without a bachelor’s degree, as noted above). If you’re interested in becoming a non-certified support staff substitute, visit Lakota’s Human Resources webpage. Interested bus drivers  should call Petermann Transportation at 513-755-5821 to learn more.