Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 14:52
The Northern Ozaukee School District’s first year with the substitute staffing company Teachers On Call went so well, the School Board has approved a two-year extension.
When a staff member is unable to show up for work, the company has the responsibility of finding a suitable substitute teacher. By using the placement company, the district is not responsible for any benefits.
Teachers On Call conducts background checks on all of its temporary staff, and is responsible for maintaining all personnel files.
The company charges a 26% administrative markup fee above the rate the district pays its substitute teachers, but even with the surcharge the district comes out ahead financially by not being responsible for such administrative costs as filling out payroll for the temporary teachers.
“They have done a nice job for us, and the cost was actually a little less than if we had filled the positions on our own,” said Supt. Blake Peuse.
During its first year in the district, the company had a 97.5% placement rate. Those few times when a sub could not be located, classes were covered by other staff members.
To ensure that the substitute’s time in the classroom is productive, the district is to provide online access to the missing teacher’s lesson plan or make sure a printed copy of the plan is available in the classroom.
The district staff provides the company confirmation of the time logged by the substitute.
In its contract with the company, the district agrees that it will not hire any of the substitute teachers assigned to the district or pay a $5,000 placement fee.
The contract will run through the 2015-16 school year.
The board also approved two personnel moves at its July meeting.
It accepted the retirement of Debbie Wickesberg as guidance department secretary. She had held clerical positions in the district for 17 years.
Adrienne McConnell has been hired as a special education teacher, primarily for Ozaukee Elementary School.