School Business Affairs April 2016 - page 18

2. Be Cautious When
Limiting Hours
In a post–Affordable Care Act
(ACA) world, many districts are
struggling to find ways to avoid
being penalized for workers who
don’t have health coverage. For most
districts, that means their substitute
As I shared in an article in the
January 2016 issue of
School Busi-
ness Affairs
on how to manage
the ACA the right way, you don’t
have to outsource your workforce
or set weekly hour limits to stay
compliant. Work with an ACA
consultant or human resources
company that specializes in public
schools to make sure you under-
stand the law and try to avoid limit-
ing hours when possible.
This approach applies to using
“permanent substitutes” as well—
substitutes who are guaranteed work
every day in exchange for report-
ing to whatever school needs them.
Some districts have shied away from
using permanent substitutes because
they may qualify for school district
benefits as full-time employees.
However, in most states, districts
can work around that issue by con-
tracting the permanent substitutes
through a staffing service. Choose a
service that specializes in education
and provides proper training.
3. Provide Excellent
Customer Service
Providing excellent customer service
may sound “cheesy,” but it is a criti-
cal factor to success in improving fill
rates. Imagine how difficult taking
that first substitute assignment is
for someone who has never taught
before. An automated system calls
them and offers up a job . . . do they
take it? The thought of walking into
a classroom can be intimidating.
Make the entire process of becom-
ing and working as a substitute
in your district an enjoyable one.
Doing so includes taking such mea-
sures as improving the onboarding
processes, offering orientations, pro-
viding easy access to training, using
the latest technology to manage
absences, and working with build-
ing-level personnel to make substi-
tutes feel welcome. Those steps will
decrease the fear and anxiety that
substitutes in your district experi-
ence and will result in their working
more days. They will also be better
prepared to do an excellent job in
the classroom.
Glenn Clayton
is the CEO of Appleton,
a talent management company for K–12
schools based in Huntsville, Alabama.
Make the entire process of becoming and
working as a substitute in your district an
enjoyable one.
According to the U. S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics, in 2014, the
states with the highest employ-
ment of substitute teachers were:
• California – 87,890
• Texas – 55,900
• New York – 47,490
• Virginia – 27,220
• New Jersey – 23,840
The top-paying states in May 2014
were (hourly mean wage):
• Alaska – $21.57
• Oregon – $21.01
• Hawaii – $20.05
• California – $18.41
• Washington – $17.60
The states with the lowest mean
wage were Mississippi ($8.32 )
and Alabama ($8.34).
Substitute Teachers by the Numbers
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