The revised requirements match those of Wake, Cabarrus and Cumberland counties.
The school district revised its minimum requirements two months ago, increasing the number of required college credit hours from 60 to 48.
This resulted in a 15% increase in the number of new replacement hires from October through November, according to Bonner-Reed.
“It was encouraging that we saw a slight increase,” she told the policy committee. âIf it had been a (new hire), I’d be happy. That’s how difficult it is to have replacements right now.
The school district is designing its own training for substitute candidates to be launched in early February. The cost of the training will be $ 75,000, which will be covered by either local money or federal COVID relief dollars.
The school district aims to train 75 new sub-candidates from February to June.
Over the summer, the school board approved spending of about $ 1.4 million for a contractor, ESS, to run its replacement program with an expectation that 90% of replacement requests would be satisfied. Achieving that goal has been difficult due to the increase in requests, said Bonner-Reed.
In addition to eliminating college courses from its requirements, the school district wants to increase the replacement salary. Bonner-Reed said she would present a proposal for a raise to the school board on December 14.