ROCK FALLS — Rock Falls High School’s board of education voted to increase the pay of substitute teachers — who are much sought-after by school districts during the pandemic.
Five board members were in attendance during Wednesday’s regular meeting. They all voted without discussion on Superintendent Ron McCord’s recommendation to bring sub pay more in line with what the town’s feeder elementary districts are offering.
“Most are moving in this direction,” said McCord.
The new rates are also competitive with the average pay rates of the 39 other districts in northwestern Illinois, McCord said.
Starting in January, substitute teachers at Rock Falls will make $110 per day for the first 60 days of employment. For those working more than 60 days, their rate will increase to $130. Certified subs who qualify for long-term service will make $200.
At the start of the school year, Rock Falls paid $90 per day, $110 if they worked more than 60 days and $156 if they qualify for long-term service.
The board approved the Life Savings Scholarship Activity Fund account, which is supported by student group blood drives.
The board approved the 2022-2023 school calendar, which McCord said was configured with an eye toward matching, as much as is possible, the standard calendars of the elementary and middle schools.
The board approved the ESSER III grant spending plan, which allocates $1.5 million to various improvement projects. The bulk of goes toward the installation of new heating and air conditioning for the gymnasium, cafeteria and computer lab. There are also provisions for spending on student laptop computers, air purifiers, internet hot spots for remote use, online tutoring services and summer learning programs. The plan had been on public display for the requisite time.
The board approved the first reading of school board policy amendments. These bring the district in line with the Illinois Association of School Boards November 2021 update. These changes are usually prescribed by law and best practices.
Source: The Daily Chronicle