Competition for employees can be fierce, even for the services of substitute teachers.
To this end, the Greencastle School Board moved Wednesday to increase substitute pay across the board, making the wages competitive with neighboring school districts.
"We have many strong substitutes and this would bring us in line with many of the other districts," Superintendent Lori Richmond said.
The corporation pays substitutes on a graduated scale -- $50 per day for anyone with a substitute teacher license and $60 per day to anyone with a four-year degree.
The new system will raise the pay and add another level of compensation to the graduated scale. Anyone with a substitute license will be paid $60 per day. Those with four-year degrees will receive $65. Substitutes with a valid teacher's license will make $70 per day.
The board also accepted 24 personnel items, including:
Certified: Melissa Ames, transfer from part-time to full-time kindergarten teacher at Deer Meadow; Heather Cantonwine maternity leave April 6-May 25; Todd Wolter, resignation as GMS language arts teacher; Gary Van Middlesworth, retirement as GMS science teacher; Vicky Williams, approved as GHS substitute guidance counselor.
Classified: Leslie Neiner, transfer from noon aide to GMS part-time custodian; Blaine Hagan, transfer from substitute noon aide to Deer Meadow noon aide; Laura Bodeker, hire as GMS media assistant; Fred Britton, resignation as GMS custodian; Crystal Graves, resignation as Deer Meadow noon aide; Jake Bonifield, resignation at administrative assistant; Patricia Pittman, resignation at GHS cafeteria assistant.
Substitutes: Amanda Snider hired as substitute Deer Meadow noon aide; Brooke Osborne, Eleanor Howard, Brian Christy, Samuel Schlatter and Mary Whitman hired as substitute teachers.
Extracurriculars: Laura McMasters and Bob Whitlow hired as GHS girls' track assistant coaches; Kyle Uhlmann hired as GHS boys' track assistant coach; Troy Stuckwisch approved as GHS boys' track volunteer lay coach; Ivonne Martinez approved as GMS girls' track volunteer lay coach; Mark Lewis approved as GMS boys' track volunteer lay coach.