Members of the McDuffie County Board of Education have discussed a salary scale for substitute teachers off and on for probably a year. At the June 17 regular meeting, they tabled the subject again.
"This issue comes up probably every other board meeting," School Superintendent Jim LeBrun said as he began a recommendation.
In an effort to trim the budget, school officials are comparing what other systems pay their long-term substitutes. In McDuffie County, the amount varies according to the level of certification and number of years experience.
Local certified T4 substitutes take home approximately $125 per day for the first 20 days, then up to $274 per day after that. Most long-term substitutes are in the classroom for six weeks when a teacher is out on maternity or medical leave.
Board members Dexter Lovins and Bob Smith said they feel that price could be lowered and kept at a flat rate of between $112-$125 and save the system money. Board Chairwoman Georgia Hobbs, who is a retired teacher, disagrees. Mrs. Hobbs said she feels strongly that an experienced, certified teacher is needed for a long-term basis, and those teachers are worth the money.
The superintendent recommended a compromise of a flat rate of $150 per day all the way through, no matter the length of the substitute's tenure. Mr. Lovins and Mr. Smith said they were in favor of the recommendation. Board member Greg Derry said he would like the opportunity to talk to teachers about the subject and vote later.
Mr. Derry made a motion to table the vote, and Vice-Chairman Rick McCorkle seconded. The vote passed 4-2 with Mr. Smith and Mr. Lovins voting against tabling the vote.