Menomonie (WQOW) – The Menomonie School District is getting proactive in recruiting substitute teachers as a number of instructors are expected to welcome bundles of joy into the world this school year.
Administrative officials say they normally only have six teachers on maternity leave in a typical year.
This school year that number is expected to be more than a dozen.
While instructors take time with their newborns, someone still needs to teach their kids.
So, to give substitute teachers an incentive to choose Menomonie, the school board is drafting a plan to increase pay for long-term subs from $128 a day to $211.
“We want to make sure that the students in the Menomonie School District area have a wonderful experience every day, that we’re able to maintain our students’ achievement, and also make those connections with the adults who will be working with them,” said District Administrator Dr. Joe Zydowsky of Menomonie School District.
Another incentive is already on the books. The district is offering an activities pass to any teacher who works 30 days or more.
The pass gives them access to facilities like the pool and field house that regular staff are allowed to use.