A group of Sioux Falls' substitute teachers are demanding a pay raise from the school district.
Monday, during a public input meeting, the school board heard concerns from a handful of the district's 600 substitute teachers.
Subs with the Sioux Falls School District haven't received any sort of pay raise since 2006.
It is implementing a new requirement that subs need to have worked 8 days to stay on the substitute list. That doesn't sit well with some who have been teaching for more than two decades.
"They are very important part of our system. They're supposed to come in, teach the subject matter, be a replica of what the teacher is doing. They're paid the same amount as a cook or cleaning person. Nothing against those people. To have a degree and teaching in the system, you deserve to be compensated for that," Theresa Stehly said.
As of right now, substitute teachers with any degree in the Sioux Falls School District make around $90/day. All substitutes get a temporary raise of $95/day after five consecutive days of teaching.
Over in Harrisburg, all substitutes make $100/day. Subs will get a permanent pay raise of $120 after the first 10 days of service.
For districts in Lincoln, Nebraska, certified subs are making near $144/day and those who aren't certified are making near $130.
It's something Theresa Stehly hopes the Sioux Falls School District will learn from.
We also caught up with Superintendent Dr. Pam Homan for her reaction to these concerns.
"We really care about the subs we have and we've stepped up to the plate to provide some outstanding training that I don't believe is happening in other places," Dr. Pam Homan said.
"I will tell you proudly, just a few years ago, when every teacher took a significant pay-cut, the subs did not. Their salary was protected," Homan said.
"I believe we can make this a better place for all employees. It's a win-win and it's my hope and prayer you'll be hopeful and responsive," Theresa Stehly said.
The group of substitute teachers who would like a change hope the board will consider their concerns, work up a proposal of their own and present it back to the rest of the substitute teachers before the district-wide meeting on August 2nd.
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