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DeKalb School District 428 Board to review substitute teacher pay, Chromebook lease, Pre-K initiatives

D-428 board to also review Chromebook leasing, caring community initiative

DeKalb School District 428 Human Resources Director Sarah Abate talks recently about the teacher shortage throughout the state.
DeKalb School District 428 Human Resources Director Sarah Abate talks recently about the teacher shortage throughout the state.

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 District 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 districtwide 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 District 428, substitutes earn $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, the district 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.

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