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Putnam Schools Raising Substitute Pay

/ The Upper Cumberland's News Leader

Putnam County School Board voted to increase substitute pay Thursday night to try to increase those interested in serving.

Putnam County Director of Schools Corby King said the system has often had difficulty recruiting substitutes. But COVID-19 will likely acerbate the issue.

Already this week, the system came up several teachers short of the substitute need.

The system has begun combing its substitute roster some 246 teachers to see if some teachers will opt not to teach this year. King said several retired teachers have served as substitutes in the past. They may feel more susceptible to COVID risks.

Under the new pay plan, Putnam County retired teachers receive $110 per day, certified teachers receive $95.00 per day and non-certified teachers receive $85.00 per day.

Substitute teachers must have a high school diploma or GED and be able to pass a TBI background check.


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