A small group of substitute teachers in Sioux Falls is taking action against the Sioux Falls School District to up their pay.
This, after board members imposed a requirement that subs work at least 8 days each year to stay on the list, or else they'd have to reapply.
Some of the district's subs say they're not happy with it, especially without a pay raise. They plan to address their concerns outside of Washington High School before the district-wide sub meeting, Thursday morning.
Substitutes we met say they've been working for the district for more than 20 years and claim the district is being unfair by not giving any pay raises since 2006.
Thursday, they plan to hand out flyers to the 640 subs who will attend the meeting hoping to spread their message and make a change.
When it comes to substitute pay in Sioux Falls, there are two women out to make their voices heard. They first announced their concerns at last week's school board meeting and they say they're just getting started.
"At the end of the day, it's about what's best for our children. We want qualified people to be holding the standard in the classroom," Theresa Stehly said.
They want their daily wages to reflect that. When they look at other districts with higher pay, they don't feel theirs does.
We talked with superintendent Dr. Pam Homan who said subs should be glad they didn't get a pay cut when most full-time teachers did.
Meanwhile, other classified workers have had small increases in pay since 2006 when subs have not.
"Had we had the same increases as cooks or custodians, substitutes would be making $108/day as a certified teacher," Stehly said.
Stehly says it's frustrating. Joining her is Lois Brown who's also been a sub for more than two decades. She admits she loves what she does no matter the age group or class.
"I think the district wants to have people around like that. And that's our job, even though I'm a substitute, I think it's a fairness issue," Lois Brown said.
Brown and Stehly both will do what they can to inform other subs while giving them a voice.
"Does that mean we need to organize and start a group or union? If the school district wants us to do that, OK," Brown said.
Monday, the district's attorney wrote a letter to Theresa Stehly saying she cannot be on district property if they plan to pass out flyers before the meeting, Thursday at 7:45 a.m.
Both are OK with that and say they'll continue with their plan to inform their fellow substitutes and go from there.
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