The Sioux Falls School Board is hearing from some of its substitute teachers regarding pay and a new mandate to sub a certain amount of days per year.
"The reason I'm here today has to do with the substitute issues," substitute teacher Theresa Stehly said.
Stehly has concerns over some new rules.
"According to the new mandate, I will be eliminated from your list," Stehly said.
Stehly typically subs in Sioux Falls two or three times a year. The mandate requires substitute teachers to work eight days to stay on the list or they'd need to re-apply the next year.
The district says it's important to keep subs familiar with schools and policies. But Stehly is also upset the change is being implemented without additional compensation, a thought shared by fellow sub Lois Brown.
"I really feel there's a fairness issue here, and I do not believe the substitute teachers have been treated fairly when it comes to pay increases," Brown said.
It's been six years since substitute teachers have received a raise in the Sioux Falls district, but Superintendent Pam Homan says they also haven't seen any cuts.
"Our substitutes are the only group who did not take a significant pay decrease in any way shape or form a couple of years ago when every other employee in the district did," Homan said.
Homan says she met with a focus group of some of the most-used subs last year. She said pay was not at the top of their concerns and says the district analyzes salaries based on market data. Stehly, however, doesn't believe subs are getting a fair shake.
"It's time; it's six years," Stehly said.
Right now, substitute teachers in the district make $90 a day. They get a temporary $25 bonus for every five consecutive days they work after that. If they sub for the same teacher for 30 days or more, they make $132.50 a day.
Harrisburg pays its subs $100.00 a day. It goes up to $120 permanently after 10 days of substituting.
The Tea Area School District pays depending on degree and certification level. A four-year degree sub makes $80 a day. A Certified South Dakota teacher makes $100 a day. It goes up $5 a day after 15 days and up $10 after 30 days.
The Brandon Valley School District pays $85 a day or $95 after 15 days.
According to its website, the Yankton School District pays $90 a day or $120 after a consecutive eight days.
As for the eight day mandate-- retired teachers would be exempt from the requirement.