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PPS Increases Substitute Teacher Pay

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PPS Increases Substitute Teacher Pay
Posted on 01/17/2019
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The Portland Board of Public Education recently approved an increase in pay for substitute teachers. It is the first such adjustment in more than six years and puts the Portland Public Schools back in a competitive position in the face of a substitute teacher shortage that school districts in Maine and around the nation are experiencing.

“Historically, the Portland Public Schools’ pay rates were competitive with other school districts in the region, and in many cases we were a market leader,” said Barbara Stoddard, the district’s Executive Director of Human Resources. That had become no longer the case, she said, because most surrounding school districts had increased their substitute teacher pay rates over the last 12 months, while Portland had not.

Stoddard said that fact, along with historically low unemployment rates (2.9 percent in Maine and 2.4 percent in Portland), “has led to many unfilled substitute positions on a daily basis across the district.” She said that creates a challenge for building administrators to manage their daily staffing requirements. It also puts pressure on the remaining educators and educational technicians in each building to support classrooms where there are gaps in coverage, she said.

After completing a market survey, district administration brought a substitute pay increase proposal forward to the Board, which approved it on Dec. 18. Stoddard said the changes “put the Portland Public Schools back in a market leader position.”

The new pay rates for substitute teachers are as follows: 

       Associates Degree (60 college credits): increased from $70 to $85/day 

       Bachelors Degree: increased from $85 to $95/day 

       ME Teacher Certified: $100/day (no change) 

       Nurse: $125/day (no change) 

To apply to be a substitute with the Portland Public Schools go to the employment page https://www.portlandschools.org/departments/human_resources/employment_opportunities on the district’s website, www.portlandschools.org

For more information, call 207-874-8100.