Turner substitute teachers get a raise

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TOWN OF BELOIT - Substitute teachers will be getting a raise in an effort to attract more subs to the School District of Beloit Turner.

The Turner Board of Education approved a $15 raise for the subs, bringing their wage to $120 per day. Brad Boll, director of business services, said the move will make the Turner district more competitive with surrounding school districts. He said the raise is retroactive to the start of the school year.

"In general if you talk to any district, there's a shortage of bus drivers and subs at various times," Boll said.

He said the shortage is statewide, with neighboring districts also expressing concerns about finding substitute teachers.

Boll said the Janesville district pays $120 per day, Parkview School District pays $100 and the School District of Beloit pays $105.

"Subs are hard to find, so it's about being comparable in the geographical area," Boll said.

He said this time of year there's typically not a large number of absences, but spring time can be problematic with teachers not in school because they may be occupied with sports conferences. Boll said the district has attempted to combat this by limiting the number of personal days teachers can take on Friday's in the spring, but it isn't always enough.

In other news, the school board will be holding a special meeting from 6:30 - 8 p.m. on Sept. 18 to discuss a possible referendum to improve district facilities.

The $26.8 million referendum question for the School District of Beloit Turner was recommended by a committee in August to be placed before voters.

The Citizens Facilities Study Committee recommended a referendum be placed on a ballot to allow the construction of a new second-fifth grade elementary school that would cost approximately $24.2 million. If the referendum is approved by voters, the remaining funds would go to updating the middle/high school infrastructure for about $100,000 and updating the middle/high school STEAM (sciences, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) program. If passed, the Townview School building would close, and Powers Elementary would serve only early childhood through first grade students.

Based on the results of the district-wide survey sent out last year, a majority of residents would support a $25 million referendum, which would equate to an $83 tax increase per year per $100,000 of assessed property value.

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