Collinsville Public Schools is now paying more money every day to substitute teachers to generate more interest in this opportunity. Like surrounding schools, the district is struggling to fill vacancies in all areas.
The district was forced to pivot online classes once this semester due to staffing shortages. Superintendent Jeremy Hogan says the hope is to be in classrooms every day, but the situation can change quickly.
Hogan says even before COVID-19, the district had a small pool of replacements. Now they are competing with surrounding districts for the same alternate candidates.
The district increased pay to $90 per day for certified teachers and $80 per day for uncertified substitutes. The salary increase means funding is being pulled from other areas, according to Hogan.
Finding enough bus drivers to cover the routes is another difficulty. Hogan says some staff have stepped in to cover the void, which spills over into disruptions in other areas.
The district not only competes with other schools for substitutes, but also with other industries. Hogan says they’re doing everything they can to keep classrooms filled with limited resources.
“We are now 23 months into the pandemic,” Hogan said. “We have to learn to live in the pandemic and make sure we have enough staff to help us move forward.”
The District Department of Transportation works with bus driver candidates to train them on the job while simultaneously helping them obtain CDL certifications. For more information on opportunities, click here.