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Budget includes raise for substitutes

April 9, 2008
By RODNEY MINOR, The Leader-Herald
GLOVERSVILLE — Certified substitute teachers who work in the Gloversville Enlarged School District would receive a pay increase in the proposed 2008-09 district budget.

Superintendent Robert DeLilli said certified teachers would receive $75 a day for substituting in the district. That is a $10 increase compared to what they receive now, he said.

Substitutes with bachelor’s degrees will continue to receive $60, and those with less than a four-year degree would still get $55, DeLilli said.

“The [school] board felt that in order to attract better substitutes, they needed to raise the rate,” he said.

In January, school board members said the substitute rates should be discussed during the budget sessions. School officials said substitute raises had been discussed, but nothing was done because of tight budgets.

DeLilli said the board decided at this point, it was worth the increase in the budget to attract more certified teachers to substitute in the district.

In a related matter, the school board voted 6-2 to approve a list of substitute teachers.

Substitutes are approved by the school district from a directory compiled by the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

Board members Frank Carangelo and Jean LaPorta voted against the list, saying the school district should hold itself to a higher standard and hire substitutes with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.

Board member E. Lynn Brown said she understood their concern, but said it is difficult to get substitutes even at high pay rates.

“[Substitutes] are just not out there,” she said.

It can be a scramble at Gloversville High School to try and find substitutes, Assistant Principal Richard DeMallie told the board.

The high school routinely finds itself short of teachers two or three days a week, he said, meaning everyone has to pick up the extra work.

The school district already tries to obtain the best possible candidate to substitute, according to Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Roger Rooney, but sometimes the school district has to take what it can get.

Fortunately, he said, most of the substitutes who work in the school district do a good job. If not, the school principal and regular teacher are able to tell quickly, Rooney said.

“The responsibility for the quality [of substitutes] is on the principal and the teacher who normally has to work in the classroom,” he said.

DeLilli said he hopes the pay raise will have a dramatic effect on the substitutes available to work in the school district.

“We were one of the [area] schools with the lowest daily rate [for certified teachers], and now we are near the top,” he said.

Rodney Minor covers Gloversville. He can be reached at'>

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Gloversville Enlarged School District Board of Education Vice President Perry Paul, left, takes notes while President Katherine Hillock listens at their meeting Monday.

Fact Box

Substitute pay

Here are the current substitute pay ranges at area school districts:

• Gloversville — $55 to $65.
• Broadalbin-Perth — $70 to $78.50.
• Northville — $60 to $70.
• Mayfield — $65 to $80.
• Fonda-Fultonville — $65 to $75.
• HFM-BOCES — $65 to $70.



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