Palestine sets up tier system for subs

EAST PALESTINE — School districts across the county are increasing substitute teaching wages in an effort to attract more people to the positions.

East Palestine Superintendent Traci Hostetler said this week that a more competitive wage is needed.

She said she spoke with superintendents in other areas of the county, and they are struggling with the same problem. As a result, the East Palestine district came up with a tiered pay structure.

The tiered system for substitute teachers was put before the board of education and it passed unanimously.

The new system is set at $80 for 1-45 days worked, $90 for 46-90 days, and $100 for 91 days and up. East Palestine retirees will receive an extra $5 per day following the same tiers.

In other business, the board approved:

— The resignation of Veronica Figley, as middle school lunch aide and one-hour transportation aide. Hostetler said Figley was offered a full time job elsewhere.

— Supplemental contracts for Kristen Johnson, high school cheer coach, Roberta Brittain, assistant high school cheer coach, and Haley Smith, middle school cheer coach.

— Jennifer Hiltbrand, Darlene Johnson and Sherri Perkins as classified employees, and also approving Sherri Perkins as an athletic worker.

— Sixteen open enrollment students, with six new and 10 returning to the district, Hostetler said.

— Heather House as additional band chaperone.

— A contract with the Family and Children First Council, at a yearly contribution of $450.

— The high school band trip to New York City, tentative dates March 27-31.

— A resolution to advertise and receive bids for the cooperative purchase of one school bus, with Southwestern Ohio Educational Purchasing authorized to do so on the district’s behalf.

— An agreement with the Cuyahoga County Educational Service Center for admission of tuition pupils.

— An agreement with the Columbiana County Board of Developmental Disabilities for special education services for four students.

The next meeting was set for 6 p.m. Oct. 9.